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Benyamine Banks Premier League IV Win
David Benyamine overcame a stacked final table and then beat Luke “FullFlush” Schwartz heads-up to secure victory at the PartyPoker.com Premier League IV last night.
“It feels really good winning a title, I’m not used to it,” said Benyamine.
“I haven’t really been around for a while and I hope this gives me momentum going forward! I really enjoyed the format and competition – I’m sure it will make great TV.”
Taking place at the M Resort in Las Vegas, it was the first time the Premier League had been hosted in the U.S.
Poker pros Daniel Negreanu, Phil Laak, Roland De Wolfe and Italian online qualifier Giovanni Safina all entered the final table with a shot at the $400,000 first place prize.
Surprisingly Laak was the first player to fall, despite the fact he dominated the group stages, winning three of the six heats.
Laak would soon be joined by De Wolfe and Negreanu who finished fifth and fourth respectively.
Online qualifier Safina was finally given his ticket to the rail when Schwartz sucked out after getting it in behind.
This set up an epic heads-up match between Benyamine and the volatile Schwartz. Although Schwartz had a 2-1 chip lead heading into the match, it was eventually Benyamine who got the best of the trash-talking Schwartz.
“I’m really, really disappointed,” said Luke who received $200,000 for second. “I think I played the best this week and I deserved to come first but that’s how it goes.”
Benyamine, who is primarily a cash game player, admitted that Schwartz was a challenge for him.
“Luke (Schwartz) is a very impulsive player but I just stuck to my own game heads-up and it was enough,” he said.
Benyamine joins J.C. Tran, Andy Black and Juha Helppi as the only players to win a Premier League title.
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