Joseph Hachem's Vital Stats:
Joseph Hachem was born in Lebanon and moved to Australia with his family when he was 12. He lives in West Preston, a suburb of Melbourne, with his wife and four children and is a former chiropractor. He survived a field of 5619 players in the 2005 World Series of Poker No Limit Holdem Championship Event to win first place and $7.5 million.
In 2006, he won the World Poker Tour 5 Diamond Classic event, winning another $$2,182,075 and becoming only the 4th man ever to win both a WPT event and a WSOP main event.
Joseph Hachem and Poker:
While 2005 marked Joe Hachem's first World Series of Poker, he is a professional poker player who has been playing poker for 10 years. Besides winning the WSOP bracelet in the main event, he also placed 10th in the 2005 WSOP $1,000 buy-in no-limit Hold'em event.
In 2006, he made two final tables at smaller Hold'em events at the World Series of Poker, finishing 2nd in one and 4th in the other. In December, he won the World Poker Tour Five Diamond Classic, finishing off a stellar year in the spotlight and proving he was no flash in the poker pan.
Joseph Hachem's Winning WSOP Hand:
The flop came 4-5-6, giving him the straight and defeating Steve Dannenmann's ace-3.
Joseph Hachem on Winning the 2005 WSOP:
"A million dollars changes my life, let alone $7.5 million. It changes everything." He went on to say, "The money's great, I'd be lying if I said it's not. But the bracelet is the thing. It's an honour and a privilege to wear it."
Joseph Hachem on Winning the 2006 World Poker Tour 5 Diamond Classic:
Im floating, I cant even feel the ground. When I won the World Series I wasnt this excited. And a lot of it has to do with validation."
Joseph Hachem Trivia:
- Joe Hachem had never entered the WSOP before because he wanted to wait until his children were older before he jetted off to Vegas.
- He's the first Australian to win the WSOP Championship event.
- A rare blood disorder forced Hachem to retire from being a chiropractor because it affected his dexterity.