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Benny Spindler Wins European Poker Tour San Remo €10,000 High Roller

German Pro Earns €253,000

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Benny SpindlerGermany’s Benny Spindler has won the European Poker Tour San Remo €10,000 no-limit hold’em high roller for €253,000 ($327,357), defeating American Keven Stammen in a lengthy back-and-forth heads-up battle to earn his eighth career tournament title.

In accordance with a deal made during heads-up play, Stammen earned €200,000 ($258,780) for his runner-up finish, after having won a €2,100 no-limit hold’em turbo side event just days earlier for $119,950.

A total of 84 players posted the buy-in to build a €823,200 ($1,065,138) prize pool. Plenty of big names turned out, but only 10 players made the money.

Joseph Cheong, fresh off of his final-table berth in the World Series of Poker Europe main event, finished fourth for $95,878. This was Cheong’s fifth final table of 2012, bringing his year-to-date earnings to $825,030. Cheong also earned 240 Card Player Player of the Year points, which propelled him into ninth place in the overall rankings with 2,810 points.

While the eventual champion hailed from Deutschland, he was not the only German to find success in this event. Finishing sixth was apparent high roller specialist Philipp Gruissem. This was his eighth final table appearance in events with buy-ins exceeding $10,000 USD, amounting to $2,780,046 in earnings from those events alone.

Russia’s Igor Kurganov has also had a lot of success in high rollers. His seventh-place finish in this event represents his fifth final table at $10,000-plusbuy-in events. His largest success came in the €25,000 EPT Grand Final high roller in May, where he topped a tough field of 133 to win more than $1.4 million.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded in this event:

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Benjamin Spindler $327,357 480
2 Keven Stammen $258,780 400
3 Joel Nordkvist $127,449 320
4 Joseph Cheong $95,878 240
5 Kent Roed $74,529 200
6 Philipp Gruissem $53,309 160
7 Igor Kurganov $42,569 120
8 Igor Yaroshevskyy $31,959 80