Dechant Conquers The Giant at the WSOP

After seven days of poker The Giant has finally been conquered at this year’s World Series of Poker.

The $365 No-Limit Hold’em tournament was a new event on this year’s WSOP schedule and drew a whopping 10,015 entries. After thousands of hands the last man left standing was Dieter Dechant. He claimed his first WSOP bracelet and $291,906 for the win. Not bad for a $365 investment.

This was Dechant’s second big cash of the WSOP, as he also made the final table in the $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship. He finished third in that event to cash $281,691. Prior to this year’s WSOP Dechant’s only WSOP cash came in a circuit event eight years ago where he picked up $957.

While Dechant was finishing off The Giant, two other players joined the $1 million club at the WSOP. Elior Sion and James Calderaro both came out on top of big money events to pocket over a million dollars.

Sion won the $50,000 Poker Players Championship to win his first WSOP bracelet and cash $1,395,767. The big money tournament drew just 100 entries, but they were the crème de la crème of the poker world including Daniel Negreanu, who finished fifth, Johnny Chan, Gus Hansen, and Phil Hellmuth, among others.

Calderaro went the distance in the $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed tournament. The win netted him his first WSOP bracelet and a $1,289,074 payday. The tournament had 205 entries. That was his 13th career WSOP cash bumping his earnings up to over $2.2 million.

Wattell Joins the Double Bracelet Club

Mike Wattell become the latest addition to the WSOP double bracelet club this week after taking down the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship. He outlasted the rest of the 88-player field to cash $245,451.

Wattell won his first WSOP bracelet back in 1999 in a $1,500 Limit Omaha Hi-Lo tournament. That win earned him $134,865. In total Wattell has made it to 22 final tables at the WSOP and posted 46 cashes, totaling $2,247,383.

Other recent winners at the WSOP include Rulah Divine pocketing $262,501 for outlasting a 1,750-player field in the $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournament, and Chris Klodnicki cashing $428,423 after outlasting a 1,956-player field in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournament.