EPT9 Sanremo: Benny Spindler returns to live poker, wins
Benny Spindler will be dining in style tonight after taking down the EPT9 Sanremo High Roller event, good for €253,000 - and a pristine silver cutlery set.
Spindler also now wins his second Shamballa bracelet, adding this title to his EPT London crown, where he also won the exclusive bling. That triumph, which came in September last year, was actually Spindler's last live tournament cash. He has been focusing on online cash games since then, but you don't get knives and forks for playing online, do you.
It has been a pleasure to have Spindler back in the live environment, playing his characteristic hyper aggressive style despite the outstanding class of his opponents in this event. He sliced through the most part of the seven-handed, day-three field in no time, only running into resistance when he was heads up with Keven Stammen.
Stammen, chasing his second victory of the festival after triumphing in the €2,100 turbo earlier this week, was at a massive chip deficit when they went heads up. But a series of double ups actually put him in the lead for a while, before Spindler roared back.
Stammen took €92,900 for victory in the turbo, all of which was completed within a day. The €200,000 he took for second place here, after he and Spindler agreed a deal, took significantly longer to earn, but represents the second-largest live tournament score of his career. (His first earned him a World Series bracelet in 2009, as well as half a million dollars.)
The full results from this event are as follows:
1 - Benny Spindler €253,000 (plus Shamballa bracelet, plus cutlery set)
2 - Keven Stammen €200,000
3 - Joel Nordkvist €98,500
4 - Joseph Cheong €74,100
5 - Kent Roed €57,600
6 - Philipp Gruissem €41,200
7 - Igor Kurganov €32,900
8 - Igor Yaroshevskyy €24,700
9 - Brandon Barnes €20,600
10 - Mikalai Pobal €20,600