Boubli wins first EPT event of the season in Barcelona

Professional player Jan Boubli was declared champion of the Barcelona Open this past weekend as the first event of the European Poker Tour's (EPT) second season came to an end.

The largest tournament in EPT history, the event boasted a buy-in of 4,000 Euros and a total prize pool of 1.3 million pounds.

Beating out a field of 325 players, the Frenchman took home 416,000 Euros after 2 days of playing in the Casino de Barcelona's poker room. In addition to his cash winnings, Boubli earned himself a seat in the 10,000 Euro EPT Grand Final series scheduled to take place in Monte Carlo in March 2006, where he will be joined by other EPT champions of this season.

A former dentist, Jan Boubli took to poker when he retired and is now considered to be one of the best poker players to have emerged from France. He beat out a field that included fellow pros Dave Ulliot, Tony G, Noah Boeken, Pascal Perrault, Kirill Gerasimov, Carlos Mortensen, and Marcel Luske. His heads-up final table play against Swedish pro Christer Johansson was over in just 30 minutes.

The next EPT event will be held at the Grosvenor Victoria Casino in London between September 30th and October 2nd. Other cities featured on the EPT itinerary include Baden, Dublin, Copenhagen, Deauville and Monte Carlo. Satellites for all EPT events can be played at its official sponsor,

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