David Benyamine was born on July 5, 1972 in Paris, France. He still lives in France where he enjoys spending time with his daughter.
This gentle side does not take away from his intense professional poker career.
Benyamine learned to play poker at the tender age of twelve. When he became a tennis star, poker took a back seat. He played at the top of his game for a time. However, an injury suddenly ended his career in tennis. He turned to billiards next and became one of France’s top players.
Yet, he heard poker’s call. He took to playing poker at the Aviation Club in Paris. He started out in small limit games and worked his way up. In 2000, he won first in the Euro Finals of Poker Pot Limit Hold ‘em/ Omaha Championship. His next career, one in poker, was taking off.
In 2002, David Benyamine took second in the Euro Poker Pot Limit tournament. He finished off 2002 with a win in the Euro Finals of No Limit Hold ‘em. While Benyamine is not primarily a tournament player, he did very well beginning in 2000.
Benyamine really came into his own when he won the 2003 Grand Prix of Paris World Poker Tour event. He took the top prize of $411,000 from a final table that included Erick Lindgren and Daniel Negreanu. This was the event that made a name for him around the world.
David Benyamine won over $132,000 with a 6th place cash at the season 2 World Poker Tour Los Angeles Classic in 2004. When he attempted to come to the Bellagio WSOP tournaments, he had a problem entering the United States. He ended up staying the year in Europe, playing poker online from his home in the south of France.
Benyamine returned to the United States in 2005 to continue his poker success. He won the World Poker Tour Battle of Champions II invitational event. Other players in the event were Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari, Mel “Silver Fox” Judah, Phil “Unabomber” Laak, and “Cowboy” Hoyt Corkins.
As if this fantastic win was not enough for one year, he also won the Full Tilt Poker Global Poker Challenge in 2005. He continued his wins, and by the end of 2006, his total winnings from live tournaments were over $1 million.
David Benyamine is one of Europe’s top players; some say he is in the top two. He prefers to play high stakes cash games. He plays online poker at FullTilt Poker. His specialty is pot limit Omaha Hold ‘em.
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Known as a playboy of sorts, David Benyamine has no interest in reading books or magazines on poker. His focus is on learning more about himself. This comes from a perpetual need for self improvement.
David Benyamine has no superstitions about poker. He plays a smooth game and plays to win. He is a great online player, and anyone who wishes to learn from a pro should try to get into a game with him at Full Tilt Poker.
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