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  • Benny Spindler Takes Down EPT London Main Event

    Friday, October 7th, 2011 by Ryan

The European Poker Tour’s London Main Event went on for seven long days, and featured some big time hands and big time players. It has finally come to an end though, and featured a player who is fairly well known on the poker circuit taking down one of the biggest scores of his career. Benny Spindler is a poker pro from Germany, and outlasted the strong field of 691 players to win it all. The London Main Event is the third stop at the EPT, and is played at the Hilton Metropole; possible the most impressive thing about this event was its large prize pool of £3,351,350 and a first place prize of £750,000.

When all was said and done, it was down to two players, Spindler and American Steve O’Dwyer were heads up to play for the prize. Spindler out did O’Dwyer in the end, and sent him home with a nice £465,000 payday for his second place finish. Play was down to the final eight in the last day, and the top six players of the last eight made a six figure payday for their deep runs. Here’s how the final eight finished, as well as their paydays:

1st- Spindler, £750,000 2nd- O’Dwyer, £465,000 3rd- Andre Klebanov, £265,000 4th- Juan Manuel Pastor, £200,000 5th- Mattias Bergstrom, £155,000 6th- Kevin Iacofano, £120,000 7th- Martins Adeniya, £86,000 8th- Miroslav Benes, £64,000

Prior to this huge score, Spindler had won nearly $2 million in live tournament play. His biggest score before this one was a third place finish at the 2009 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, which was actually a three way chop that he took the largest chunk of change from; as he took home $1.1 million. He also had a $469,000 payday at the £25,000 European Poker Tour High Roller event in Madrid last year. Spindler is one of the many poker players who focuses more on making money than he does on winning titles. You’ll find that some of the big names in poker are more focused on bracelets and titles; but less known pros like Spindler are hoping to be able to make enough money to live off of, and never have to worry about money again.

What’s interesting about how this event played out, is that once it was down to five handed play, Spindler had a dominate chip lead. He was sitting pretty with 10,000,000 chips, while his next closest opponent was Klebanov with 3,775,000. Even more impressive than Spindler’s ability to hang on, was the fact that O’Dwyer was sitting in fifth place out of five at this point; but was able to make a comeback and get to heads up play, where he was eventually out done by the chip leader Spindler.

Spindler now has nearly $3 million in live tournament earnings, which is quite a solid overall total; especially due to the fact that Spindler also has done some work in the online poker world as well. Keep an eye on the name Benny Spindler as the European Poker Tour rolls on, and even on the other big time live tournament series’ like the World Poker Tour and World Series of Poker events over the upcoming years!

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