PartyPoker Premier League IV: David Benyamine Nabs the Title

February 24, 2010

David BenyamineEverybody had their own “favorite” by the time all the heats of the Premier League were done and the worthy pros sat down on the final table. Some were rooting for Phil Laak, who dominated three of the six heats, or De Wolfe for his snark, Schwartz for his transient absence, or Rousso for being female – no matter who they chose, one thing was certain: those who stuck with David Benyamine for his consistent play are certainly in for a big treat.

The Road to Heads-Up Play

If anything could be said of the poker pros who managed to make it into the final table, it’s that they were all reluctant to be the first one out. Everyone was fighting tooth and nail in order to keep their seats and it took hours for even one player to be finally eliminated. When it happened, however, everyone was considerably surprised. Phil Laak, winner of half of the six heats and the chip leader going into the final nation, was the very first one to go. It was ironic, really – extremely so. But such is the nature of the game and nobody, not even the Unabomber, can argue with that. De Wolfe, devoid now of his Darth Vader outfit, was the next one to go, followed by Daniel Negreanu. Then, it was Safina’s turn to go, outclassed his hand was by Luke Schwartz. It was, by no means, a complete loss for the online qualifier from Italy, though, because now he can proudly say that he was able to hold his own against the world’s best. Third place, after all, is no easy feat, especially when you’re competing against the likes of Negreanu, Hellmuth, and Laak, all behemoths in the poker world. Finally, with Safina finishing on third, Benyamine and Schwartz entered into heads up play.

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Heads-Up between Benyamine and Schwartz

None of Schwartz’ devil-may-care attitude was seen as he entered into the Heads-up Match against Benyamine and not once did he make an excursion to the slots machines in between rounds. This, of course, was perfectly understandable, considering how huge a win in this tournament would mean. Schwartz, at first, had a massive chip lead. He was, however, about to lose this lead in just a matter of three consecutive hands – yet another proof of how insane swings in the game of poker can get. Benyamine never looked back after that, which earned him a very irate Schwartz. Ultimately, it was Benyamine who won the game, earning himself the title and the $400,000 prize.

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