In 2005, the EPT Barcelona bumped the buy-in up the €4,200 and it didn’t deter as 327 players entered to create a prize pool of €284,000. That year’s final table included some names you’re no doubt familiar with in Gus Hansen and Patrik Antonius, who finished in fifth and third place respectively. The final table of eight, which was comprised of six different nationalities, was eventually conquered by France’s Jan Boubli, who captured the €426,000 first place prize.
Boubli was no stranger to poker as he had earned five figures every year before that dating back to 1996, including 2003 when he won $286,073. That was thanks to a runner-up finish to David Benyamine in the World Poker Tour €10,000 Grand Prix de Paris, which earned him $205,443.
After winning the EPT Barcelona in Season 2, Boubli went on to win $61,790 in 2006 followed by a paltry $7,121 in 2007. He failed to cash in 2008, but then he stormed back in 2009 when he took fourth in the €10,000 Grand Prix de Paris for $139,259. Four other cashes that year brought his yearly total up to $259,503. In 2010, Boubli’s winnings dropped to $15,035 after a single cash — 71st-place in the EPT Barcelona, which was his last documented tournament cash.