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Benny Spindler Wins European Poker Tour London Main Event

German Pro Earns £750,000 For Victory


Benny Spindler Photo Courtesy of PokerStarsA total of 691 players entered the EPT London Main Event, but when it was all said and done, it was German pro Benny Spindler who was left holding the trophy alongside the £750,000 first-place prize.

Spindler now has over $4 million in career tournament earnings, but this is his first major live victory after a number of close calls. The former online pro known as “toweliestar” broke onto the scene with a third-place finish at the 2009 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event for $1.1 million and earlier this year, he finished second in the EPT Grand Final High Roller event for an additional €316,000.

In order to secure the win, the 26-year-old had to top a final table that included notables such as Martins Adeniya (seventh), Kevin Iacofano (sixth), Juan Manuel Pastor (fourth) and Steve O’Dwyer (second).

Spindler entered the final table in third place overall, but wound up amassing most of the chips in play thanks to a crucial flip where his pocket tens held against Adeniya’s big slick.

By the time Spindler found himself heads-up against O’Dwyer, he held over a 2-1 chip lead. On the final hand, his A-K held a dominating advantage over O’Dwyer’s K-J and it held to finish the job. Amazingly, this was Spindler’s third consecutive cash in the EPT London Main Event after finishing 12th in 2009 and 68th in 2010.

For the victory, Spindler earned 1920 Card Player Player of the Year points, putting him in 36th place overall. Thanks to an earlier victory at Bellagio, O’Dwyer has now moved into 20th place.

Here’s a look at the final table results.

1. Benny Spindler — £750,000
2. Steve O’Dwyer — £465,000
3. Andre Klebanov — £265,000
4. Juan Manuel Pastor — £200,000
5. Mattias Bergstrom — £155,000
6. Kevin Iacofano — £120,000
7. Martins Adeniya — £86,350
8. Miroslav Benes — £64,000