David Benyamine is a professional poker player from Paris, France who enjoys playing ultra high stakes poker games. Born on July 5, 1972, this poker player used to be a professional tennis player before back injuries ended his career. David Benyamine has also been a successful billiards player.
David has been playing poker since the age of 12. He first burst into the poker scene when he won the 2003 Grand Prix de Paris World Poker Tour event. David Benyamine also won the 2005 World Poker Tour Battle of Champions II event, where he had to survive a final table filled with the big names of Mel Judah, Hoyt Corkins, Phil “The Unabomber” Laak, and Antonio Esfandiari. David Benyamine also finished sixth at the 2004 LA Poker Classic.
David enjoys playing in high stakes cash games, and is widely regarded as a very formidable opponent in these high stakes games. His games are generally covered by a popular website known as HighStakesReport.com, a high stakes online poker site.
In 2004, David Benyamine was deported from the United States due to a name mix-up, as apparently his name is the same as a person who is on the terrorist watch list. There was also concern about the amount of money that David was trying to bring into the United States. David Benyamine was banned from the U.S. for one year.