David Benefield: 2013 WSOP Main Event November Nine Bio

David Benefield

Veteran high-stakes poker icon David Benefield has made the final table of the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event.

Benefield has been part of the online and live poker scene for years, and despite announcing to the community that he was quitting poker in 2009 to start a new part of his life, he's managed to rack up well over $600,000 in live tournament earnings.

Known as “Raptor” online, Benefield was a coach at Cardrunners.com and a very successful online cash-game player before he called it quits to go back to school. He was also one of the infamous Ship It Holla Ballas crew and a former roommate of Tom "durrrr" Dwan.

Benefield branched out from poker to study Chinese and Political Studies at Columbia University in New York but it's a good thing he decided to return to the tables since he's already guaranteed $733,224.

After playing competitive baseball up until his senior year in high school Benefield discovered poker and it's been a part of his life ever since.

Benefield has cashed at the World Series of Poker 12 times before but he's now guaranteed his biggest score at the WSOP and his biggest overall (although he's won as much as $2m online in a single day).

Raptor's largest live poker windfall before this came in 2012 when he finished 8th at the High Roller event at the World Series of Poker Europe in Cannes.

Coming into Day 7 as the short stack in the final 27, Benefield enters November's final in the same position - as the shortest stack - with 6,375,000 chips.

  • Nationality: USA
  • Age: 27
  • Hometown: Arlington, Texas
  • Online Nickname: Raptor
  • Career Live/Online Earnings: $633,243/$5 million+
  • Biggest Previous Live Cash: $150,035 - 2012 WSOP Europe 50k High Roller
  • Twitter Handle: @DWBenefield

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