LAS VEGAS — Robert Deppe’s mission every summer since 2008 has been to compete at the highest level with the best poker players in the world.
This could be the year it all comes together for him.
Deppe, who was born in Elkhart, Ind., spent most of his life growing up in Lima. He began playing poker in high school and believed he could make a career out of playing cards. Fast forward a few years and he once again is excited to be competing under the bright lights of the World Series of Poker.
“This is my sixth year playing in the WSOP and I couldn’t be more excited,” Deppe said. “This is an experience all serious poker professionals partake in every summer and I am here to compete in every tournament.”
The World Series of Poker is a series of poker tournaments that take place in the heart of Las Vegas every summer and this year’s event takes place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. With a wide range of events, from No Limit Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Low, Pot Limit Hold’em and H.O.R.S.E., there is no shortage of players willing to risk thousands to secure a big payday and the all elusive gold bracelet each winner receives.
The competitive nature of the events, along with the dream of one day wearing a gold bracelet, is a belief that drives Deppe to continue working at being the best card player he can be.
“Growing up I have always been competitive and there is nothing better than competing on the felt with the best players in the world,” Deppe said. “I don’t play in these events to earn the most money, I play because of my competitive nature, my strive for perfection and to one day wear one of those elusive gold bracelets that every poker player dreams of.”
Competing in big tournaments is something Deppe has been accustomed to through the years. He has cashed, or finished well enough to earn money, in nine WSOP events through the years, but his best finish occurred Tuesday, when he finished in 11th place and took home $19,664. Event 18, a $1,000 buy-in event with 2,071 entries, was the type of finish Deppe needed to give him the confidence going forward throughout the summer.
“I have already played in a few tournaments this summer but this was by far the best finish I have ever had here" at the WSOP, Deppe said. “With 15 to 20 more tournaments on my schedule, I hope to carry this momentum from Event 18 with me into future events.”
Each year, the World Series of Poker culminates with the Main Event, a $10,000 buy-in tournament that many professional players can only dream about competing for under the bright lights in Las Vegas. Deppe’s mission to make a deep run in the 2013 Main Event is coupled with a tenacity to be one of the best players in the world.
“I made a deep run in the Main Event last year and am focused on making another one this year,” Deppe said. “If I stay mentally tough and prepare myself in the ways I know how, only good things can happen from there.”