Dechant topped a 10,015-player field in the 2017 WSOP “Giant” to win $291,240 and a gold bracelet. Afterward, the 56-year-old said that this has been his goal for 25 years.
“It’s surreal,” Dechant said. “I almost expected it. I had a summer this year that has been absolutely amazing. I had a deep run in the seniors. The stars just aligned. I played well, I didn’t have too many bad hands, I didn’t make too many mistakes, my good hands held up.”
Dechant is Having an Excellent 2017 WSOP
Dechant, a relief poker shift manager at a Las Vegas poker room, was born in Germany and came to the US as a child in 1968. He’s spent most of his life in Vegas, attending college and playing poker. He started dealing in local poker rooms and has kept his love of the game ever since.
Now, Dechant is having the poker summer of his life. Besides winning the Giant, Dechant also finished third in the Seniors Championship and earned $281,691.
“I’ve always enjoyed poker and from the time I was 22 or 23-years-old. I used to go to Binion’s and watch the World Series,” Dechant explained. “I didn’t play my first event until 1990 or ’91 maybe. Only sparingly. Maybe one or two events here or there.”
Taking Time Off Poker
Before the 2017 WSOP began, Dechant took time off poker and feels that this played a role in his success.
“I didn’t play a single hand of poker since the series ended last year,” said the 56-year-old. “And I came in with a clear head and got rid of all my bad habits. It just clicked from Day 1 and it’s been running non-stop since then.”
Now with a gold bracelet and over $600,000 in July winnings alone, Dechant feels far more confident in his poker game. Nevertheless, he’s not ready to quit his day job.
“I’m going to take it a day a time,” he said. “Right now, I’m still scheduled to work on Friday. Even though I’ve won almost $600,000, I’m not ready to retire yet.”
2017 WSOP $365 Giant Final Table
1. Dieter Dechant – $291,240
2. Hrair Yapoudjian – $179,735
3. Vera Kuhl – $133,493
4. John Hutchinson – $100,001
5. Martins Kleins – $75,086
6. John Myung – $56,856
7. Marcus Laffen – $43,321
8. Andrew Crookston – $33,210
9. Michael Guzzardi – $25,610