Australian Poker Champ Charged Over Death of Cyclist

Three months after the fatal accident which took the life of French cyclist Julien Trameaux, Australian businessman and professional poker player Warwick Mirzikinian was yesterday issued a court attendance notice for dangerous driving and negligent driving occasioning death at Rose Bay Police Station, Sydney.

At the time of the accident no charges were made against 49 year old Mirzikinian who was taken to hospital after his Tesla collided with the cyclist on the afternoon of 13th November last year in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. Unfortunately Trameaux was pronounced dead at the scene. Following an investigation, however, it would appear that enough evidence has come to light which which to prosecute the Aussie poker champion.

Warwick Mirzikinian has almost AUD$1m in live tournament winnings on his resume, including 9 WSOP cashes, his best of which (3rd place in a $5k NL event in 2012 earned him $162,443. Mirzikinian had enjoyed his most successful year at the felt in 2017, winning four tournaments during the year, including back-to-back triumphs at Sydney Championships which he won the $1k 6max NLHE for $61,073 followed three days later by victory in the $20k NL High Roller for $197,385 (both US$). His last recorded cash came a little less than a month ago when he cashed in a $1k event at the Aussie Millions for $2,941.

According to friends of Julien Trameaux, the hardworking labourer and part-time food courier had dreamed of opening a patisserie in Sydney. Flatmate Leo Villaume told eastern suburbs newspaper The Wentworth Courier  “He (Mr Trameaux) was more than a friend, we were all a family and he was a brother. He was someone so determined.”

Above: Julien Trameaux (centre) was killed in November last year when his bicycle collided with poker player Warwick Mirzikinian's Tesla in the South East suburbs of Sydney

According to The Australian, "The friends had competed in their first Sydney marathon in September 2017 to help raise funds for a school in the Democratic Republic of the Congo."

Mirzikinian will face Downing Centre Local Court in April.



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