David Benyamine is a French professional poker player with a World Poker Tour title.
Born in 1972 in Paris, France, Benyamine was a successful tennis player and billiards player in France before getting involved in poker. He first learned how to play poker when he was 12 but he didn't get seriously involved until a friend who worked at the Aviation Club de France brought him along to play.
He started playing low-limit games and worked his way up from there. He gradually developed into an accomplished player who climbed up the ranks of professional poker. He racked up several win when touring the European poker circuit while also playing in highest-stakes cash games in the world.
His first big finish came in the 2003 Grand Prix de Paris held at the Aviation Club during season 2 of the WPT when he came in 2st place and won $430,969. His next big finish was another final table he made during season two of the WPT at the L.A. Poker Classic where he finished in 6th place for $94,540.
His next notable finish was his 7th place finish in the 2008 Bellagio Cup IV during season 7 of the WPT where he finished in 2nd place for $840,295.
He is also the winner of the WPT Battle of Champions II invitational event, where he defeated a final table including Mel Judah, Hoyt Corkins, Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Laak. He has 10 WPT cashes (including 3 final tables) for total WPT winnings of $1,560,029.
Benyamine won his only WSOP bracelet in the 2008 $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split, earning $535,687. He has 8 WSOP cashes for $1,053,870. He has made four WSOP final tables, three of which were in 2008. He has said that he would like to win the WSOP main event one day.
Benyamine is a Pot-Limit Omaha specialist and is primarily a cash-game player. He plays high-stakes online poker under his own name at Full Tilt Poker and is sponsored by them. As of 2009, his total live tournament winnings exceed $3,400,000. He is engaged to professional poker and blackjack player Erica Schoenberg.
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