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Benny Spindler Wins EPT London, WSOP-E Kicking Off Soon

By Ian Hiaring, Rakeback.com Poker News Staff Writer

EPT London Champion Benny SpindlerThe European Poker Tour can always count on a large turnout for its London stop, and the 2011 event didn’t disappoint. German Benny Spindler topped the field of 691 Thursday evening and completed a dominant stretch of poker that saw him at or near the top of the leaderboard throughout the entire six day Main Event.

The win is the largest of Spindler’s young career. His previous best in an EPT event came in 2009 when he managed to take third place in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.

American Steve O’Dwyer finished in second behind Spindler and their heads-up battle only lasted a few hands before all of his chips were in the middle. O’Dwyer’s K-J never caught up with Spindler’s A-K offsuit to give Spindler the championship.

Spindler earned a tidy sum of £750,000 for his victory while O’Dwyer walked away with £465,000 for his runner-up effort.

2011 EPT London Main Event Final Table Payouts

1st – Benny Spindler – £750,000
2nd – Steve 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 – £86,350
8th – Miroslav Benes – £64,000

WSOP-Europe Kicking Off

Next up on the tournament circuit is the prestigious World Series of Poker Europe in Cannes, France. Play kicks off on Friday October 7th and will conclude with the Main Event Championship slated to begin on the 15th.

The WSOP-E will be the last chance for players to earn points for the WSOP Player of the Year award, so you can be sure that Phil Hellmuth will be on hand to try to extend his lead over Ben Lamb. Hellmuth currently leads Lamb in the standings, but Lamb has made the final table of the WSOP Main Event that will be played this November. Unless Hellmuth can earn enough points at the WSOP-E, Lamb will more than likely win the award.

WSOP-E Schedule

Oct. 7th – Event #1: Six Handed No Limit Hold’em – €2,680
Oct 8th – Event #2: No Limit Hold’em – €1,090
Oct 10th – Event #3: Pot Limit Omaha – €5,300
Oct 11th – Event #4: No Limit Hold’em Shootout – €3,200
Oct 12th – Event #5: NL Hold’em Split (Day 1: 9 handed Day 2: 6 handed Day 3: Heads Up) – €10,400
Oct 13th – Event #6: Six-Handed Pot Limit Omaha – €1,620
Oct 15th – Event #7: WSOPE Main Event Championship – €10,400

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