High stakes Pot Limit Omaha specialist and sponsored Full Tilt Pro, David Benyamine, gained the attention and respect of professional poker players
in Vegas when he began dominating the Big Game in Bobby's Room in 2006. With a world Series of Poker bracelet, and over $4.5M in live tournament cashes under his belt, Frenchman David Benyamine is clearly a force to be reckoned with at the felt.
Born in Paris in 1972, David Benyamine was introduced to poker by a friend after he was forced to give up on a promising career on the tennis courts due to a back injury. Picking the game up quickly, Benyamine moved on to playing cash games at the Aviation Club where, in 2002, a proposal to back David Benyamine at the tournaments and cash games in Vegas catapulted his new-found career to new heights.
Though the offer to stake Benyamine fell through, he returned to France with $300K in his pocket, earned at the cash tables. The experience inspired David Benyamine to make regular trips to America each year, eventually establishing a permanent residence near Las Vegas.
David Benyamine became a fixture in the Big Game as soon as he had enough cash to buy in, competing against the likes of Phil Ivey
, Jennifer Harman
and Doyle Brunson, who affectionately refers to Benyamine as "The French Kid". Unable to pull himself away from the tables, even when the cards were unkind, David Benyamine has incurred massive profits - as well as losses - playing the high stakes cash games in Bobby's Room at the Bellagio.
In addition to his notorious cash game exploits, Benyamine is also a worthy tournament player, with well over $4M in live cashes since 2000. In 2008, Benyamine took first place in the $10,000 Omaha Hi/Lo
8 or Better World Championship event, winning $535K and his first WSOP bracelet. One month later, he claimed second in the WPT No Limit Hold'em Championship for $840K.
Playing online poker
at Full Tilt under his own name, David Benyamine can often be found at the nosebleed stakes of Pot Limit Omaha, No Limit Hold'em and Fixed Limit Hold'em, either heads up or short-handed. Benyamine has also appeared on episodes of High Stakes Poker
and Poker After Dark.