Way back in 2004, the EPT was in an infancy, which was evidenced by the €1,000 Main Event in Barcelona, which attracted 229 entries and created a prize pool of €229,000. The inaugural final table of the EPT Barcelona included John Kabbaj, Stefan Rapp and Luca Pagano, all of who have established themselves as quality players in the poker world. With that said, the man who emerged victorious that season was Sweden’s Alexander Stevic, who took home €80,000 for the win.
Stevic also made the final table of the Season 1 €10,000 EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo, where he navigated a field of 211 players to finish third for €178,000. Stevic looked as if he could become on a star born out of the EPT’s early days, but then things slowed considerably over the next eight years.
He earned a modest $12,660 in tournament winnings in 2006 and then disappeared from the poker landscape the two years after that. His next cash came in 2009 when he took third in the Campeonato Espana De Poker €600 No Limit Hold’em for €18,750, before he was shut out again in 2010. In 2011 and 2012, Stevic put in a little more volume and managed to cash for $32,693 and $30,074 respectively, but then essentially disappeared from the poker landscape – though, as you can see, he is doing quite well here today!
EPT Barcelona Season 1 Final Table
|Buy-in||Entrants||Prize Pool||Number of Payouts||Date|
|€1,000||229||€229,000||27||September 18, 2004|
|5th||Garry Bush||Great Britain||€8,500|
|7th||John Kabbaj||Great Britain||€6,400|