Benjamin “Benny” Spindler is a German professional poker player currently residing in Vienna, Austria. Spindler is best known for winning the Season 8 European Poker Tour Main Event for £750,000. He also has a number of High Roller titles on his resume, and is a regular at the high-stakes tables online.
Spindler was born in 1986 in Darmstadt, Germany. He started playing poker in summer 2006 and had been working hard towards becoming a pedigree poker pro ever since. Spindler first crashed in a major live tournament at the 2009 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure when he final tabled the $10,000 Main Event and finished the tournament in third place for $1.1 million. However, this was just a start for the young German as in just three years he emerged as one of the best players in the field especially in the High Roller events. In 2011 Spindler scored his biggest win to date when he went all the way in the European Poker Tour London Main Event and won the tournament taking home the trophy and £750,000 in cash.
Before he started playing poker Spindler was a C+ ranked StarCraft protoss player known by his aliases “Towelie”, “psychobenny” and “ToX”. He maintained the first two nicknames when he switched to playing online poker. Benny took on poker when he turned 20 playing at micro limits at the online tables at first and then gradually moving to the higher stakes. Spindler was very determined to become a successful poker player from the very begging which paid off in just a few years.
World Series of Poker
Spindler cashed in his first World Series of Poker event in 2009 when he placed 32nd in the 10,000 World Championship Heads-Up event for almost $18,000. Then in 2010 he added two more cashes to his name. Spindler first placed 45th in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed tournament for just over $11,000. Then he finished 19th in the $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event collecting $15,000. Spindler boasts a total of $45,000 in lifetime WSOP cashes.
Benny Spindler's Top 3 WSOP Results
|2010||$5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha||19th||$15,566|
|2009||$10,000 World Championship Heads-Up||32nd||$17,987|
|2010||$5,000 No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed||45th||$11,345|
World Poker Tour
Spindler has two World Poker Tour money finishes to his name. In 2009 he placed sixth in the WPT Marrakech €4,500 Main Event for €56,028. Then in 2011 he entered the WPT Rendez-Vous à Paris € 7,500 Grand Prix de Paris. Spindler ended up finishing the event in 24th place for a €16,665 payday.
European Poker Tour
The European Poker Tour has so far been the most successful of all the live tournament circuits for Spindler. He scored his first big live tournament cash at the 2009 EPT PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. He placed third in the Main Event and took home $1.1 million in prize money. He then placed second in the EPT Grand Final, Madrid €25,000 High Roller event. He lost the final heads-up play to the “Mister EPT” himself, France's Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier and took home €316,000. That same year Spindler scored his first big poker title. He won the EPT London Main Event for £750,000. Spindler also has the 2011 EPT Tallinn and 2012 EPT Sanremo High Roller titles on his record.
Benny Spindler's Top 5 EPT Results
|2011||Tallinn €10,000 No-Limit Hold'em / Single Reload||1st||€49,350|
|2011||London £5,000 Main Event||1st||£750,000|
|2012||Sanremo €10,000 No-Limit Hold'em / 8 Max||1st||€253,000|
|2011||Grand Final, Madrid €25,000 High Roller||2nd||€316,000|
|2009||PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $9,700 Main Event||3rd||$1,100,000|
Apart from the big international events Spindler is also a regular at the local tournaments taking place in Vienna Simmering. He scored two cashes there in 2007, first finishing 10th in the €300 No-Limit Hold'em event at the Austrian Classics for €770 and then collecting €2,120 for the sixth place finish in the €100 No-Limit Hold'em event. In 2008 Spindler scored another sixth place finish in the Vienna Spring Poker Festival's €200 No-Limit Hold'em event for €3,880. Then one year later he took down that same event for €18,140.
Did you know?
- Spindler's online nickname Towelie comes from the TV series South Park and the movie Donnie Darko.
- Annette Obrestad once called Spindler an a**hole for his overactive and aggressive play.