David Benyamine Profile
David Benyamine is one of the respected and established high stakes cash game players in the world. Despite his focus on high stakes PLO cash games, due to the prodding from friends he started playing tournaments more seriously in 2008. He won the $10k Omaha Hi-Low Split WSOP in 2008 for $535k and has three other WSOP final tables appearances to go with his WSOP 10 cashes. He has made four WPT final tables, winning the 2003 Grand Prix de Paris and the World Poker Tour Battle of Champions in 2005. Benyamine has over $4.7 million in live tournament winnings. He is a member of Team Full Tilt. Benyamine was born July 5, 1972 in Paris, France and currently resides in Henderson, Nevada.
Things you might not know:
- Benyamine learned poker at the age of 12.
- Benyamine was a professional tennis player but retired early due to shoulder and back pain.
- Benyamine was also a top ten billiards player in France.
- Benyamine was deported from the U.S. in 2004 because his name was very similar to one on the terrorist "watch list" but later adjusted to say he was deported for not having a work permit.
- Benyamine has a reputation for having great stamina playing poker. Barry Greenstein recounts him once playing for over 2 and 1/2 days straight in the Big Game. 60 hours into his session he was down over a million but went on a rush and ended up breaking even.
- Benyamine had a long time relationship with Erica Schoenberg but their opposite schedules and lack of care for his own health and weight led to an eventual breakup.
- Benyamine for years changed his ID's regularly online, but nonetheless racked up wins of over $5 million on Full Tilt before becoming a red pro.
- Benyamine is rumored to have suffered a $8 million downswing in 2007.
- Benyamine received the nickname "degenyamine" from his penchant to not drop down in stakes despite having large downswings, jeopardizing his bankroll. He claims if he didn't occasionally check HSDB, he wouldn't even know if he were up or down in a particular month.
- Benyamine claims to have never read a poker book or poker magazine.
- Benyamine has said if none of his other interests had worked out he would have liked to have been an archeologist.
David Benyamine continues to excel at both tournaments and high stakes cash games around the world with a stamina that few others can claim.
Benyamine interview after winning WSOP bracelet, and two big hands on High Stake Poker:
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