David Benyamine

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David Benyamine
David Benyamine 2008WSOP.jpg
David Benyamine at the 2008 World Series of Poker.
Nickname(s) Napoleon, Degenyamine
Residence Paris, France
Born (1972-07-05) July 5, 1972 (age 44)
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) 1
Money finish(es) 10
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
58th, 2010
World Poker Tour
Title(s) 1
Final table(s) 4
Money finish(es) 11
European Poker Tour
Title(s) None
Final table(s) 1
Money finish(es) 2
Information accurate as of 16 September 2010.

David Benyamine (born July 5, 1972 in Paris, France) is a French professional poker player with a World Poker Tour title. Benyamine was a professional tennis player in his early career but had to retire because of shoulder pain. He was also a successful top ten billiards player in France.[1] He learned poker at the age of 12 and plays high-stakes cash games on a regular basis. Benyamine lives in Henderson, Nevada.

World Poker Tour[edit]

Benyamine has made four final tables in World Poker Tour (WPT) open events: the 2003 Grand Prix de Paris (second season) - 1st place (€357,200); the 2004 L.A. Poker Classic (second season) - 6th place ($132,355); the 2008 Bellagio Cup IV (seventh season) - 2nd place ($840,295) and the 2010 WPT Championship (eighth season) - 4th place ($329,228)-He won the Premier League of Poker IV.[2] He is also the winner of the WPT Battle of Champions II invitational event, where he defeated a final table including Hoyt Corkins, Mel Judah, Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Laak.

World Series of Poker[edit]

Benyamine is primarily a cash game player, but due to comments from his friends, he started playing tournaments more regularly during the 2008 World Series of Poker.[3] He has made four WSOP final tables, three of which were in 2008, as well as his one bracelet.

World Series of Poker bracelets
Year Tournament Prize (US$)
2008 $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split $535,687

Other poker activities[edit]

Benyamine played high-stakes online poker under his own name at Full Tilt Poker until the site was shut down. Benyamine is a Pot-Limit Omaha specialist. As of 2010, his total live tournament winnings exceed $4,500,000.[4] His 10 cashes at the WSOP account for $1,206,561 of those winnings.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Benyamine lives in Henderson, NV. He has one daughter, and was formerly engaged to professional poker and blackjack player Erica Schoenberg though the two have separated.[6]


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