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Australian Poker Player Warwick Mirzikinian Apologizes for Killing Uber Eats Cyclist

Saturday, June 20th, 2020

Warwick Mirzikinian, a notable Australian poker player, recently apologized for hitting and killing a cyclist three years ago. Mirzikinian hit Julien Trameaux, an Uber Eats cyclist, with his car in Sydney, Australia.

The Aussie is perhaps best known among the poker community for winning the 2017 Sydney Championships. He appeared in court this week while the case’s judge prepares for sentencing.

“There is nothing I can say or do to take back my actions on the day, even though I have prayed that it was possible,” Mirzikinian said in the courtroom.

“I am sorry. I can sincerely say that there has not been a single day that has passed over the last two-and-a-half years that I have not thought about Julien.”

What Happened During the Fatal Accident?

Mirzikinian was driving on a Sydney area road when he hit Trameaux with his car in November 2017. The poker champ passed a bus at the wrong moment and ending hitting Julien during the dangerous maneuver.

Trameaux died at the scene. Meanwhile, Mirzikinian was charged by prosecutors with death by dangerous driving. He pleaded guilty to the charges this week.

The poker player has done his best to rectify the situation. He offered to pay Trameaux’s funeral costs prior to returning to the Sydney courtroom.

What Kind of Punishment is Mirzikinian Facing?

Warwick Mirzikinian faces a maximum prison sentence of 20 years for his fatal driving maneuver. His barrister claims that anything close to this kind of time would be extreme.

Mark Tedeschi QC notes that a “combinations of factors” led to Trameaux’s death. He argues that his client’s driving was only part of the problem.

Tedeschi is partly referring to how the Uber Eats cyclist was wearing headphones before getting hit. Mirzikinian was going the speed limit when he hit Julien. He was also driving a Tesla, which makes very little sound compared to other types of cars.

The prosecution is set to recommend a sentence for Mirzikinian on July 10. Afterward, Judge O’Neil will make a final ruling.

Poker Pro Warwick Mirzikinian Charged in Cyclist’s Death

Monday, February 19th, 2018

poker-pro-cyclist-deathAustralian poker pro Warwick Mirzikinian has been charged in the death of a French cyclist named Julien Trameaux. Mirzikinian was driving his car on New South Head Road in Sydney, when he accidentally struck and killed the 24-year-old cyclist and food courier.

The 49-year-old poker pro and businessman wasn’t initially found to be at fault. But it was later determined that he was driving negligently and dangerously.

According to the Daily Mail, Mirzikinian is married to a Sydney socialite named Kristy. She made national news in the country when expressing her reaction to a sinkhole.

Mirzikinian’s Poker Career

poker-pro-wifeWarwick Mirzikinian has earned $756,878 in his poker career. He’s especially been playing well lately, having won $303,082 in 2017.

The Aussie took down three tournament titles from August to October, including the $20k Sydney Championships High Roller A$247,000 ($197,385). This victory took place just three months prior to Trameaux’s death.

It’s unclear if he’ll continue playing poker for the time being, while he deals with serious charges stemming from the cyclist’s death.

More on the Deceased Cyclist

Julien Trameaux was working in Sydney as a part-time food courier for UBEREats. He often worked the nighttime shift while hoping to earn enough money to open his own patisserie one day.

Trameaux lived in an apartment with friends, who all ran in the Sydney Marathon together last year. Close friend Leo Villaume described his late buddy as “optimistic and positive.”

Villaume added, “He was more than a friend, we were all a family and he was a brother. He was someone so determined.”

Trameaux was one of five people who died via accidents on New South Head Road in 2017.