Spindler, Cody Charging with 36 Left in EPT London Main Event

Benny Spindler
Spindler: Not for the feint of heart.

Those in the know - meaning those who have ever sat down at a poker table with him - consider Benny Spindler one of the most fearsome players in the game.

The casual clothes and mop-top haircut of the 28-year-old German tell a different story on the surface but underneath lies perhaps the most respected pro outside of Phil Ivey.

Already an EPT London main event champion, Spindler's at it again in London with a Top 5 stack and 36 players left to end Day 3 today.

Poland's Jakub Mroczek has the chip lead at 1,790,000 but with Spindler at 911,000 and on the move late in the day, he's the man to watch.

Cody, Gordillo, Deadman In Lead Pack

As one of the premier stops on the EPT the London gathering always draws the best of European poker and this year is no different.

Of the 675 entries virtually every other name is a "big" one in poker and plenty still have chips heading into Day 4.

pablo gordillo chipstack
Pablo Gordillo: Stacking again.

Newly shorn PokerStars pro Jake Cody is one of them with 794,000 and a Top 10 stack. Fellow Brit Simon Deadman is another, at 614,000 as is Spain's Pablo Gordillo (717,000), whose three-win Sunday a couple weeks past set the Internet on fire.

Sergio Aido, Kevin MacPhee, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Fatima Moreira de Melo, Liv Boeree and Mickey Petersen will also return for Day 4. The top 10 in chips:

  • 1. Jakub Mroczek 1,790,000
  • 2. Joao Vieira 1,151,000
  • 3. Artur Koren 1,126,000
  • 4. Sebastian Pauli 918,000
  • 5. Benny Spindler 911,000
  • 6. Raffaele Sorrentino 888,000
  • 7. Jake Cody 794,000
  • 8. Sergio Aido 758,000
  • 9. Kevin Killeen 732,000
  • 10. Pablo Gordillo 717,000

Watch the live stream daily at Noon BST right here for all the feature-table action and highlights. The winner will be crowned on Saturday and will get to take home £499,700.

One Orbit, One Champion

Here at EPT London we're checking in on one former EPT champion every day to see how they play and maybe get an idea of how they made it to the top.

In this episode of One Orbit, One Champion we sat down next to Bertrand Grospellier to find out that he can play spectacularly unspectacular.

“ElkY” won the PCA main event in the Bahamas in 2008. He also owns a WSOP bracelet and a WPT ring.

He is known to be a player who cultivated an over-aggressive style and his image is that of a player who plays many hands and will go to any length to push you off your hand, no matter what he’s holding.

When we came to Elky’s table he sat in the Cut-Off. There were only seven players at the table but another one was going to be moved to it during the course of the orbit.

Knows when to speed up, when to slow down.

We're in Level 15 and the blinds are 1500/3000/400. The average stack is about 150k and Elky has about 100k.

An Action Player with Patience

Let’s cut it short here: Elky didn’t play any of the next seven hands. In fact, we stayed a little longer as we couldn’t believe what we saw.

In Hand 11 Elky finally raised a hand from UTG+2 and took it down. He folded the next hand and we left. Surprising for a player with his image. Yet what you don’t know is how the table dynamics affected the play.

During the course of the first seven hands one of the two short stacks at the table went all-in pre-flop. The big stack, Simon Deadman, was raising a lot and one of the medium-stack players could have called without expecting a short stack with around 60k to push.

Also, none of the seven hands went to showdown. The first showdown we saw was in Hand 10 when Deadman moved all-in on the aggressive short stack Slaven Popov on a flop of 3-K-Q. Popov called with J-T and Deadman showed K-6.

The point is you can see very well that Elky knows how to adapt to the players and situation at his table. He didn’t risk any chips for no reason, he didn’t care if the big stack had 350k or 380k, and he got some chips back to stay even.

He was hanging in there, patiently waiting for his time to come.

Floor Decision of the Day

“Floor!” Whenever this word is shouted somewhere in the tournament room, something interesting is going to happen.

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Today, we tracked down head floor Luca after he had made a ruling in a situation that didn’t involve any cards.

“We broke a table and moved the players to their new seats. We always go with them to make sure they get there as soon as possible and that everything happens according to the rules.

"This Polish player just seemed to wander around so I asked him which table he was looking for. He said ‘6’ and I showed him where to sit down. 30 seconds later I see him still standing in the hallway, just about to take his seat. I went back to see what was happening.

"Apparently the player would have been moved right into the big blind. He tried to waste some time so he could skip the blinds. Had he sat down the moment he wanted to, he would not have had to pay any blind and would have started in the cut-off.”

And this was the ruling of the head floor:

“I gave the player a one-orbit penalty for trying to tweak the rules and skip the blinds. I had seen exactly what happened so there was no discussion about it.”

The player was not happy at all with the ruling.

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