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David Benyamine: From Pro Tennis to Pro Poker

Ever heard of David Benyamine? Athletes are probably familiar of such name because David Benyamine used to be a professional tennis player. At the same time, gamblers are probably familiar of him because he is currently one of the best professional poker players in the world.

Born in Paris, France on July 5, 1972, David Benyamine was first recognized as a professional tennis player. But when he started to suffer from back pain, he knew he could not continue playing tennis anymore. Early in his career in tennis, he had no other choice but to retire.

This prompted David Benyamine to divert his attention to other kinds of sports. He got involved in playing billiards, which he has been doing quite well. And because he was taught how to play poker as early as twelve years old, he decided to go back to playing such casino game and try his luck.

Well, it seems as if the game of poker is really for David Benyamine. At first, playing poker only formed part of his leisure activities until he started participating in poker tournaments. Now, he is one of the popular professional poker players we have across the world.

It was in 2003 when this professional poker player experienced a real taste of victory. He placed first in the Grand Prix de Paris event that was held in 2003 and took home 357,200. In 2004, this professional poker player also emerged triumphant as he placed sixth in the Los Angeles Poker Classic event. In such event, David Benyamine took home a sum of US$132,355.

He also joined the Battle of Champions II invitational event of the World Poker Tour wherein he did not only compete with poker giants, but he even defeated some of them, including Phil Laak, Antonio Esfandiari, Mel Judah, and Hoyt Corkins.

David Benyamine is not only one of the popular professional poker players worldwide, but he has also earned the respect of some of the big names in the poker industry. As a matter of fact, professional poker player Doyle Brunson only has good things to say about him. Brunson believes in the talent of David Benyamine because he sees the seriousness and perseverance of the latter. David Benyamine plays poker at least two or three times a week, just like the way Brunson played when he was still young. No wonder David Benyamine has earned more than US$1,000,000 as of 2006 just by playing poker.

Aside from live poker tournaments and events, this professional poker player is also involved in high stakes online poker, wherein he plays Pot-Limit Omaha most of the time.

Despite being a frequent visitor of the United States because of poker events and tournaments that he participates in, this professional poker player still continues to live in France.

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