Benjamin “Benny” Spindler was born in 1986 and is a professional poker player from Germany. Spindler currently lives in Vienna, Austria while traveling around the world to play in large buy-in MTTs. Spindler plays at PokerStars under the name “towelie” which was inspired from South Park and Donnie Darko.
Spindler first started in games with StarCraft where he was a C+ ranked competitor. Like many players he moved on from that game to poker. He got his start in poker from the micro limit cash games in 2006, but studied hard and played well to raise through the ranks quickly.
Spindler burst onto the live scene in 2009 when he placed 3rd at the Poker Caribbean Adventure hosted by PokerStars. That score was good enough to net him $1.1 million. Unlike other players who would take this amount of money at such a young age and disappear he continued to grow as a player and develop an exceptionally unique and aggressive style. This style once caused Annette “Annette_15” Obrestad to call him an “a$#hole.”
Spindler has also won an EPT, that being 2011 EPT London Main Event for £750,000 and placed highly in many other side events and main events on the tour. Spindler has nearly $4.4 million in life time earnings playing live tournaments alone. His largest online cash to date is $65,000 which came on PokerStars.