Poker Pro Shawn Sheikhan Could Face 40 Years for Cannabis Operation

Shahram Sheikhan pleads guilty in cannabis operation

​These days, the story of poker pro Shahram "Shawn" Sheikhan has become a hot topic of discussion among the whole poker community. A story in the style of Guy Ritchie's movies – the American grinder and permanent participant of the WSOP series faces 40 years in prison for his cannabis business.

Last June, Shahram pleaded guilty in court to running an illegal cannabis business. This is a very serious crime: in addition to four decades behind bars in a federal prison, the poker player faces an enormous fine of $5,000,000.

Shahram Sheikhan, an American of Iranian origin, gained popularity during the poker boom – he often participated in the Poker After Dark show. According to The Hendon Mob, his total offline winnings are over $1,500,000.

The poker player was especially remembered for his feud with Mike Matusow during the 2005 WSOP series.

"Shawn" is well known in the poker community. Several prominent players, as well as PokerGO president Mori Eskandani, came to his defense.

At this time, Sheikhan's lawyers are asking the court to replace the prison term with probation. The final sentence will be pronounced on November 3 this year.

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