About David Benyamine

David Benyamine
David Benyamine

David Benyamine enjoys the status of being France's number-one poker player in terms of earnings. His winnings for 2004 totaled 649,940 Euros.

He actually started out as a professional tennis player in his native south of France but suffered a back injury. A friend who worked at a poker club brought him in to play one night; he quickly progressed from small games to being a top European player. Now, he is a fixture at the Aviation Club in Paris, which, in his opinion, has the best service on the continent and is frequented by many of the best players.

David Benyamine has a reputation for playing poker with intensity. Though his outward manner is affable, he is said to be formidable within. He has appeared in televised tournaments, including the 2003 Grand Prix de Paris, on which occasion he exuded confidence and won a tidy sum, maintaining his cool and composure in the face of tense play against Jan Boubli. There were several all-in bets and the chip lead bounced back and forth between the players but David prevailed, raising to 38,000 with A-10 suited while Jan moved all-in with pocket eights. David called, winning the hand with a diamond flush, thus earning 357,800 Euros.

He then set himself the goal of one day winning the World Series of Poker. Aggressive though he may be in his game, he greatly values polite behavior at the poker table. He is on record as saying, "I would like to see the players behave, so it would be fun to play in a nice ambiance." Furthermore, David believes that more penalties should be enforced to ensure that players comprehend the necessity of proper table etiquette.

His favorite games are Hold'em and Omaha, as these have afforded him his greatest successes. Humble for a poker player of his standing, David says that one of the factors behind his rapid advance in the poker world is his relentless desire to improve: "It's a lot about knowing yourself. I think I don't know myself enough right now."

In 2005, Benyamine solidified his poker profession by winning the World Poker Tour Battle of Champions II. Today, he’s part of the distinguished group of players known as Team Full Tilt Poker.

Player Analysis

David has been trying his luck out in Vegas for several years now. He would usually go home empty handed from his trips to the States because his first losing session would last for days until he lost whatever he had brought. Somehow his game became ready for prime time after spending 2004 in exile in France, where he honed his skills by dominating the Internet poker world.

His control is still suspect, but his skill has overcome it. David bets and bluffs well, calls down his opponents well, and is also capable of making great laydowns.

Amusing Anecdote

One day, David was stuck several hundred thousand in the Big Game and had been playing for 24 hours when I entered the game. Twice he made comebacks and got close to even and then informed me that he was quitting soon. Each time he lost a big pot and then that plan was shot.

After another 24 hours, I was up $500,000 and David was down over $1 million and playing recklessly. I was determined to stay until David quit, although his stamina had become legendary. David went on a rush 60 hours into his session and, amazingly, got even. Most of his winning was at my expense, and I was now stuck $800,000.

He looked at me with the innocence of a young child and said, "I think we have been playing too long and the other players have been alternating resting. We should quit." Apparently, he thought I wouldn't notice that the fact that he got even was the only reason he was saying this.

Tournament Placing

Place Winnings Tournament
10 $28,890.00 WSOP 2016 - Event 43 - $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better Championship
19 $15,088.00 WSOP 2016 - Event 24 - $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship
9 $9,225.00 WSOP 2016 - Event 13 - $1500 Seven Card Razz
24 $3,056.00 WSOP 2016 - Event 7 - $1500 2-7 Draw Lowball No-Limit
6 $39,611.00 WSOP 2016 - Event 3 - $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship
7 $35,065.00 WSOP 2015 - Event 67 - $10,000 Dealers Choice Championship
12 $14,801.00 WSOP 2015 - Event 35 - $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.
31 $8,826.00 WSOP 2015 - Event 12 - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed
11 $32,430.00 WSOP 2014 - Event 22 - $10,000 HORSE
12 $24,342.00 WSOP 2014 - Event 5 - $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
4 $497,122.00 WSOP 2013 - Event 55 - $50k Players Championship
14 $53,781.00 WSOP 2013 - Event 52 - $25k 6-Max No-Limit Hold'em
7 $40,039.00 WSOP 2013 - Event 29 - $5,000 HORSE
14 $20,579.00 WSOP 2012 - Event 34 - $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Six Handed
95 $5,019.00 WSOP 2012 - Event 23 - $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed
16 $23,876.00 WSOP 2012 - Event 17 - $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em
69 $8,547.00 WSOP 2012 - Event 9 - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Re-entry
18 €11,828.00 WSOP Europe 2011 - Event 3 - €5,300 Pot-Limit Omaha
12 €13,228.00 WSOP Europe 2011 - Event 1 - €2,680 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em
5 $96,836.00 WSOP 2011 - Event 33 - $10,000 Stud Hi-Lo Championship
58 $138,285.00 WSOP 2010 - Event 57 - $10,000 Main Event Championship
14 $14,406.00 WSOP 2010 - Event 37 - $3,000 HORSE
102 $40,288.00 2009 WSOP - Event 57 - $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em World Championship
7 $30,492.00 2009 WSOP - Event 23 - $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship (No-Limit)
45 $32,685.00 WPT Season 7 - WPT Championship
25 $43,235.00 WPT Season 7 - Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic
8 $103,462.00 EPT Season 5 - EPT London £1m Showdown
12 £35,891.00 EPT Season 5 - PokerStars.com EPT London
2 $840,295.00 WPT Season 7 - Bellagio Cup IV
1 $535,678.00 2008 WSOP - Event 37, World Championship Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better
10 $30,667.00 2008 WSOP - Event 33, World Championship Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better
3 $316,307.00 2008 WSOP - Event 28, Pot-Limit Omaha w/re-buys
7 $58,991.00 2008 WSOP - Event 18, No-Limit 2-7 Triple-Draw w/re-buys
8 $75,000.00 2008 Special - NBC Heads-Up Championship
20 $41,310.00 WPT Season 6 - Bellagio Cup III
14 $11,731.00 2007 WSOP - Event 26, H.O.R.S.E.
6 $29,708.00 2007 WSOP - Event 5, Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better
64 €3,500.00 2007 Special - Irish Poker Open
6 $132,355.00 WPT Season 2 - L.A. Poker Classic
1 $428,636.00 WPT Season 2 - Grand Prix de Paris