EPT Season 1
Recap of the 1st EPT Season
The first official moments of the European Poker Tour took place in Casino Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain, which would become host to the opening events of the EPT until season 6, when Kiev would become the first event. Season 1 saw a lot of repeat action from many strong players to an extent that far exceeded later seasons; perhaps because it was the first time for the EPT, the initial season had final tables where the same players appeared over and over again. This would have made for some very unique game play, as players would have a greater opportunity to learn their opponents' habits very quickly, having spent many games playing with the same people in a relatively short period of time.
After a three month hiatus, the EPT action picked up once again in January in Copenhagen, Denmark, at the Scandinavian Open 2005, held in Casino Copenhagen. Noah Boeken redeemed himself after his final table loss three months earlier by taking the kr1,098,340 first place prize (the equivalent of $191,355). Julian Thew likewise improved his previous standings, moving from his seventh place finish before the break for the holidays to a fourth place finish behind Ram Vaswani and Charalambos Xanthos. Vaswani, who had won the last event in the European Poker Tour, almost doubled his EPT earnings with his performance in Copenhagen.
Luca Pagano would make his second EPT Season 1 final table performance in February, 2005 during the 4-day event at the Casino Barriere de Deauville in Deauville, France. While Pagano would come in last place at the final table, this would be the beginning of an illustrious career with the European Poker Tour, during which he would spend a large amount of time dominating the top spot in the EPT All-Time Leaderboard. American Justin Bonomo set a new record in Deauville: at 19 years, 5 months and 20 days old, he became the youngest player to make a televised final table; Bonomo would come in fourth place.