Benefield might describe himself as an “ex-pro-poker player,” but he’s been the most successful of the November Nine at the tables since the hiatus. He cashed in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open’s main event, finishing 173rd of 2,384 runners. Then he traveled to Spain for EPT Barcelona, where he cashed three times: 110th in the main event, eighth in the €10,000 High Roller re-entry event, and fifth in the €48,000 Super High Roller event. Just two weeks ago he added another cash with a seventh-place finish at EPT London’s Super High Roller event. All told, Benefield has $595,613 in winnings while waiting to return to his short stack in Vegas – pretty good for a guy who left poker to focus on investing and studying Chinese and political science. Checkout interview with fellow WSOP Final Table contender Michiel Brummelhuis, Mark Newhouse, JC Tran, Sylvain Loosli, and Marc Etienne McLaughlin.