Spindler, an accomplished player both online and live, defeated American Steve O’Dwyer to win his first major title and £750,000.
O’Dwyer received £465,000 for his runner-up finish.
The third stop on the European Poker Tour’s eighth season, EPT London’s main event played out over seven days at the Hilton Metropole and built a prize pool of £3,351,350, roughly $5.17 million USD.
Previous to this EPT win Spindler had earned nearly $2 million playing live tournaments.
“I don’t play poker for titles, I play for the money,” he told PokerListings.com moments after the heads-up match had concluded.
A quiet person, Spindler enjoys his anonymity and prefers to maintain a low profile, something that was already proving difficult with the degree of success the young German has enjoyed in recent years.
“It’s cool to win a big tournament but it comes with a lot of media attention which I don’t really enjoy,” he said.
“I don’t want to be seen as some rich poker player. When I go out with people I just want to be one of them.”
American Steve O'Dwyer receives £465,000 for second place, the biggest score of his career.
Spindler’s biggest previous score was a third place finish at the 2009 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, officially earning him $1.1 million.
The truth, however, is that a deal was struck three ways between Spindler, Anthony Greg and eventual winner Poorya Nazari. Spindler took the biggest piece of the three-way chop and successfully kept himself out of the winner interview chair.
His second biggest score before tonight was a second-place finish in the €25k EPT High Roller event at last year’s Grand Final in Madrid, good for $469,000.
But now that Spindler finally finds himself in the winner’s circle he’ll have to resign himself to the interviews, photos and requests that come with being a champion.
Spindler said that he won’t be doing anything extravagant with his winnings, but rather will put it away for his future.
“It would be really nice if I could earn enough money playing poker that I’d never have to worry for the rest of my life,” said Spindler.
With approximately $3 million in earnings now on his record that goal is closer than ever.
Here's a look at the full final table results.
1st - Benny Spindler, Germany - £750,000
2nd - Steve O'Dwyer, USA - £465,000
3rd - Andre Klebanov, Germany - £265,000
4th - Juan Manuel Pastor, Spain - £200,000
5th - Mattias Bergstrom, Sweden - £155,000
6th - Kevin Iacofano, USA - £120,000
7th - Martins Adeniya, UK - £86,350
8th - Miroslav Benes, Czech Republic - £64,000
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