Saturday October 8, 2011 : Tense heads up with America's Steve O'Dwyer has a GBP 750 000 reward.
 
Despite starting the final table with a chip stack well below leaders Martin Adeniya and Mattias Bergstrom  the 26-year-old German online and live tournament poker pro Benny Spindler managed to claw his way back into contention to ultimately win the European Poker Tour London main event Thursday.
 
Adeniya, who held the chip lead at the start of final table action, only managed a seventh place finish, with one of his clashes with Spindler a key element in the German's fightback.
 
In the end it came down to a tense heads up between US pro Steve O'Dwyer and Spindler, but the German held on to his two-to-one advantage and prevailed, earning his biggest career win yet. He collected a winner's check for GBP 750 000 and the satisfaction of knowing that he had outlasted a field of 691 players to claim the lion's share of the GBP 3 351 350 prize pool.
 
The victory brings Spindler's career winnings to around $4 million; his previous career best was a third place finish at the 2009 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, which earned him $1.1 million, and he managed a Euro 316 000 second place in the EPT grand finale in Madrid last year.
 
O'Dwyer's runner up prize was a very consoling GBP 465 000 – also his biggest win so far.
 
Spindler’s triumph is his third consecutive cash in the EPT London Main Event; he finished 12th in 2009 and 68th in 2010.