How and Why David Benefield was Eliminated in Eighth Place

David Benefield was the shortest stack coming into the 2013 WSOP Main Event final table and managed a pay jump before going out in eight place. (Tim Fiorvanti photo)

David Benefield was the shortest stack coming into the 2013 WSOP Main Event final table and managed a pay jump before going out in eight place. (Tim Fiorvanti photo)

David Benefield entered the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event final table as the shortest stack, but he managed to outlast Mark Newhouse, if barely. In moving up a spot in the pay table, Benefield managed to earn himself an extra $211,426 in the process.

Benefield got right into the action, shoving on the third hand of the day and getting no callers. He then decided to take it down a notch, min-raising to 800,000 in early position, only for Newhouse to three-bet and Lehavot to four-bet, driving Benefield out of the pot.

On the 10th hand of the final table, Benefield defended his big blind in a three-way pot with Marc-Etienne McLaughlin and Ryan Riess and saw his first flop. The 5 5 4 board didn’t agree with his hand, though, as he check-folded to a bet from Riess.

Benefield would be at risk for the first time two hands later as the action folded all the way around to him on the button. He open-shoved for 4,375,000, giving him just under 11 big blinds, and Sylvain Loosli eventually came up with a call in the big blind. Benefield was in trouble with K 9 against the Frenchman’s K J, but the J 7 3 flop brought a gasp from the crowd and a nod from Benefield as he picked up a flush draw. The 2 on the turn made that flush, giving him a crucial double-up to just over 9 million.

On the very next hand Benefield got frisky again, but made a fold that likely earned him his pay jump. McLaughlin opened to 850,000 in middle position, Benefield three-bet to 2 million in the cutoff with pocket tens and it folded around to Michiel Brummelhuis in the big blind. He cold four-bet all in for just over 10 million, McLaughlin folded and Benefield went into the tank. With just 14 big blinds left he was able to let it go, and it was the right call as Brummelhuis had pocket aces.

Benefield would stay active, three-betting all in over an open from Riess to pick up a pot on the next hand, and then doing the same to an Amir Lehavot open 10 hands later. He’d fold for two straight orbits, and then Newhouse made his exit in ninth at Riess’ hands, making Benefield some money but once again making him the shortest stack. He wouldn’t wait long to get it in.

Two hands later, JC Tran raised to 1.1 million on the button and Benefield once again three-bet shoved for 8.5 million. Jay Farber thought his decision over for about a minute and eventually called, sending Tran away and putting Benefield at risk again.

Benefield: K 2
Farber: A K

For the second consecutive time Benefield was dominated and at risk, and the Q T 5 flop did little to help his cause. The J made Farber’s straight, but it gave Benefield a lot more outs as a spade would make him another flush and an ace would give him a chop. The 2 would not do it though, as the blank on the river spelled the end for the online poker legend, whose Main Event run resulted in an eighth place finish.

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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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