Two shots to the brain from the World Series of Poker including Dieter Dechant taking down the GIANT, and Heidi May winning the $10,000 Ladies Championship.
Rule #1 – Never give up on your dreams
Rule #2 – Persevere
Rule #3 – Take advantage of the opportunities that come your way
Rule #4 – Stay in the moment
We are all born with the Rule Book of Life ingrained into our consciousness, put there by a combination of genetics, mentors, societal conditioning, and environment, but those four gems have guided Deiter Dechant through the first 56-years of his life, and he swears by them.
And why not, after the German-born poker enthusiast took down the $365 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em THE GIANT, a few weeks removed from a third place finish in the Seniors Event.
All told, Dechant has left the WSOP with over half a million dollars in profit, a remarkable achievement when you consider the card room employee hadn’t played a single hand of poker since he was last in the Rio, last summer.
The event attracted 10,015 entrants over concurring weekends since the WSOP first flung open those most welcoming of doors. Only the Colossus III drew in more players, and one suspects we will see the format become a mainstay on the WSOP tournament calendar.
Dechant beat Hrair Yapoudjian in heads-up action to take the $291,240 first prize.
Final Table Results
1. Dieter Dechant – $291,240
2. Hrair Yapoudjian – $179,735
3. Vera Kuhl – $133,493
4. John Hutchinson – $100,001
5. Martin Kleins – $75,086
6. John Myung – $56,856
7. Marcus Laffen – $43,321
8. Andrew Crookston – $33,210
9. Michael Guzzardi – $25,610
Other players who ran deep but not deep enough were Ravi Raghavan (12th), Eric Baldwin (17th), and Kathy Liebert (46th).
Heidi May Wins The $10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship
Another cash game pro has taken down a bracelet after Heidi May topped a field of 718 players to take the $135,098 first prize in the $10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship.
The 27-year-old from Hobart, Australia, was in esteemed company, sharing a house with the Belgian powerhouses Michael Gathy, and Thomas Boivin.
May warmed up for this one by finishing 28/1698 in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event that Christopher Frank took down. She entered heads-up with Deborah Worley-Roberts carrying a 2.5:1 chip lead, and ended matters when her pocket tens flopped a boat against the two high cards of her opponent.
Final Table Results
1. Heidi May – $135,098
2. Deborah Worley-Roberts – $83,459
3. Jana de la Cerra – $57,930
4. Julie Dang – $40,843
5. Katherine Ansorge – $29,256
6. Alexis Sterner – $21,298
7. Tiffany Lee – $15,760
8. Meg Zampino – $11,858
9. Karen Hodge – $9,075