Born in Iran in 1969, Shahram “Shawn” Sheikhan currently lives in Las Vegas with his wife and daughter. Sheikhan is the owner of a retail chain of tobacco and tattoo stores.
Sheikhan has been described as “the razor-tongued bad boy” for his sharp wit and confrontational attitude at the poker table. At the 2005 World Series of Poker (WSOP), he got into a much-publicised war of words with Mike “The Mouth” Matusow after Sheikhan slammed the table when seeing a flop on a hand he was not involved in. Both players got a penalty since Matusow used a vulgarity after Sheikhan made the inappropriate reaction that gave away what his hand was, thus giving other players who were still in the hand free information that may have altered the outcome of the hand. Sheikhan was involved in several more incidents, one involving Phil Hellmuth on Poker After Dark when he refused to stop talking while Hellmuth was involved in a hand with Annie Duke.
In March 2006, Sheikhan made the final four of NBC’s National Heads-Up Poker Championship, earning US$125,000. He lost to eventual winner Ted Forrest.
In July 2007, Sheikhan placed third in the World Series of Poker No Limit Deuce to Seven Lowball event. He also won a Poker After Dark title, defeating a field which consisted of Phil Laak, Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Mike Matusow and Antonio Esfandiari. This first place finish earned him US$120,000. He has also appeared in the GSN television series High Stakes Poker, in which he intentionally ripped and broke an expensive pair of Matusow’s sunglasses.
As of 2008, Sheikhan’s total live tournament winnings exceed US$1,400,000. His nine cashes at the WSOP account for US$1,156,360 of those winnings.