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Capture the Flag - David Benefield

by Brian Pempus |  Published: Feb 18, 2011


Poker pro David “Raptor” Benefield’s rise to notoriety is the average grinder’s fairy tale. The 24-year-old Benefield, who started playing the game in high school with friends, is a deposited-$50-and-never-redeposited poker fable. The Full Tilt Poker and CardRunners pro grew up “consumed with sports,” playing about 10 games of baseball per week from the age of 8 up until high school. His parents didn’t let him watch TV when he was young, so he turned his efforts to sports and reading. His competitive nature began to take its roots, only to intensify after a shoulder injury forced him away from the sport he loved. Benefield began playing sit-and-gos online before eventually making the transition to $2-$4 no-limit hold’em. After the switch to cash games, his career exploded, and it wasn’t long before a 21-year-old kid from Forth Worth, Texas, was sitting in Bobby’s Room at Bellagio, playing $500-$1,000 pot-limit Omaha. ...

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