2011 EPT London Won By Benny SpindlerOctober 7, 2011 6:38 am
Benny Spindler has won the 2011 EPT London Main Event, after overcoming a field of 691 players over six days to lift the title, and collect the £750,000 ($1,221,498) first place prize.
With his latest win at the Hilton Metropole in London, the German pro has now taken his poker career earnings to $4,239,389, with $3,193,772 of that total coming from live play and $1,045,617 won online.
From Day 1b of the £5,000 ($7,111) EPT London event, the 26-year-old took the chip lead which he then proceeded to maintain through to the end of Day 2. Spindler then never left the top 15
By the time the final table of eight had been reached, Benny Spindler was finely poised in third place amongst a table consisting of 2 Germans and 2 USA players, as well as those from the UK, Sweden, Spain and the Czech Republic.
However, Benny Spindler quickly took the chip lead after capitalising on a big bluff by Mattias Bergstrom, before further consolidating his lead after doubling up through big stack Martins Adeniya (A-K) holding pocket tens.
There was then no holding Spindler back who proceeded to eliminate four of the other competitors at the table before going heads-up against US pro Steve O’Dwyer.
As the heads-up battle commenced, Spindler (13.49m chips) held an almost 2 to 1 chip advantage over his opponent on a 7.145 million stack. It then took just a couple of hands before a winner was crowned.
On the final hand of the tournament, O’Dwyer five-bet shoved holding K-J to Spindler’s A-K, with an ace on the flop all but sealing O’Dwyer’s fate. With no help on the turn and river, he picked-up £465,000 for his deep-run in the tournament, while Benny Spindler was declared the 2011 EPT London Champion.
Here are the final table payouts:
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
The next EPT event will be held in San Remo, Italy between October 21st and 27th.