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Benny Spindler wins EPT London

EPT London Main Event won by German

by Alligator Blood PokerJolt October, 9th 2011
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EPT London Main Event 2011 Champion Benny Spindler

Above: EPT London Main Event 2011 Champion Benny Spindler

The EPT London Main Event 2011 was dominated by Benny Spindler

BENNY Spindler has won the PokerStars.com EPT London Main Event and the £750,000 first prize.

The 26-year-old from Darmstadt in Germany also pocketed a Shamballa Jewels bracelet worth nearly £10,000.

Spindler beat American Steve O’Dwyer, 29, after a brief heads-up battle. O’Dwyer, who had around a third of the chips in play, went all-in pre-flop with KJ - but was beaten by Spindler’s AK. Spindler cemented a massive chip lead early in the day after busting Martins Adeniya to claim half the chips in play with six players remaining.

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His victory came as friend Philipp Gruissem was winning the EPT London £20,000 High Roller event just two tables away.

Gruissem beat fellow German Igor Kurganov to take the High Roller title and the £450,200 first prize.

In fact, it was Germany’s year at EPT London as Khiem Nguyen from Wiesbaden won the £2,000 PLO just half an hour earlier and David Kolmberger took down the £1k Heads-Up event.

This was Spindler’s second deep run in the EPT London Main Event – he finished 12th here two years ago for £28,000.

That result followed his biggest ever cash - and his first brush with fame - when he came third at the 2009 PCA for $1.1 million.

Spindler’s other huge result was second place in last season’s EPT Grand Final High Roller for €316,000.

He is now planning to take a rest from tournament play and concentrate on playing online Pot Limit Omaha.

The pro, who has been living in London for a year, said: "I wouldn’t say I crushed this final but I was running really well the whole tournament.

"I was also very lucky in the hand against Martins Adeniya. As for the money, I’m not planning to spend it; I’m going to save it for my future.”

A whopping 691 players competed in the EPT London Main Event, creating a £3,351,350 prize pool.

EPT London Main Event 2011
Final standings

1 Benny Spindler, Germany, £750,000
2 Steve O'Dwyer, USA, £465,000
3 Andre Klebanov, Belarus, £265,000
4 Juan Manuel Pastor, Spain, £200,000
5 Mattias Bergstrom, Sweden, £155,000
6 Kevin Iacofano , USA, £120,000
7 Martins Adeniya, UK, £86,350
8 Miroslav Benes, Czech Republic, £64,000

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