David Benyamine

David Benyamine
David Benyamine 2008WSOP.jpg
David Benyamine at the 2008 WSOP
Nickname(s)Napoleon, Degenyamine
ResidenceParis, France
Born (1972-07-05) July 5, 1972 (age 49)
World Series of Poker
Money finish(es)10
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
58th, 2010
World Poker Tour
Final table(s)4
Money finish(es)11
European Poker Tour
Final table(s)1
Money finish(es)2
Information accurate as of 16 September 2010.

David Benyamine (born July 5, 1972 in Paris, France) is a French professional poker player with a World Poker Tour title. Benyamine was a professional tennis player in his early career but had to retire because of shoulder pain. He was also a successful top ten billiards player in France.[1] He learned poker at the age of 12 and plays high-stakes cash games on a regular basis. Benyamine is a Pot-Limit Omaha specialist.

Poker career

Benyamine started his career playing No Limit Hold’em cash in Aviation Club de France.

He is a regular in the world’s most famous high stakes cash room at the Bellagio, Bobby’s Room (now renamed Legend’s Room).[2]

World Poker Tour

Benyamine has made four final tables in World Poker Tour (WPT) open events: the 2003 Grand Prix de Paris (second season) - 1st place (€357,200); the 2004 L.A. Poker Classic (second season) - 6th place ($132,355); the 2008 Bellagio Cup IV (seventh season) - 2nd place ($840,295) and the 2010 WPT Championship (eighth season) - 4th place ($329,228)-He won the Premier League of Poker IV.[3] He is also the winner of the WPT Battle of Champions II invitational event, where he defeated a final table including fellow professionals Hoyt Corkins, Mel Judah, Antonio Esfandiari, and Phil Laak.

World Series of Poker

Benyamine is primarily a cash game player, but due to comments from his friends, he started playing tournaments more regularly during the 2008 World Series of Poker.[4] He has made four WSOP final tables, three of which were in 2008, which was the same year he won his first bracelet.

World Series of Poker bracelet
YearTournamentPrize (US$)
2008$10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split$535,687

Other poker ventures

Benyamine played high-stakes online poker under his own name at Full Tilt Poker until the site was shut down.

Poker earnings

As of 2020, his total live tournament winnings exceed $7,800,000.[5] His forty cashes at the WSOP account for $2,541,000 of those winnings.[6]

Personal life

Benyamine lives in Henderson, Nevada. He has one daughter, and was formerly engaged to professional poker and blackjack player Erica Schoenberg. The couple have since separated.[7]


  1. ^ "French Press - David Benyamine grinds up his cash-game opponents". pokerafterdark.com. Archived from the original on 2008-06-14. Retrieved 2008-06-16.
  2. ^ "David Benyamine's Life: Net Worth, Biggest Profits, Losses and Private Life". Somuchpoker.com. November 30, 2020.
  3. ^ "Mike Watson Wins the 2008 Bellagio Cup". CardPlayer.com. Retrieved 2008-07-18.
  4. ^ "Pokernews Winner Interview". Archived from the original on 2008-06-23.
  5. ^ "David Benyamine's profile on The Hendon Mob". The Hendon Mob Poker Database.
  6. ^ World Series of Poker Earnings Archived 2009-08-09 at the Wayback Machine, worldseriesofpoker.com
  7. ^ "Cardplayer.com: Erica Schoenberg and David Benyamine". CardPlayer. 2007-08-14.

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