Joseph Hachem (pronounced “Hashem”) won the 2005 World Series of Poker Main Event just three years after he decided to take up poker as a profession.
Hachem was born in Lebanon in 1966, and his family moved to Australia in 1972. He had a dual career as a chiropractor and mortgage broker, but was forced to retire because of a rare blood disorder. His success at the 2005 WSOP ignited a huge interest in poker among fellow Australians. He is the fourth non-American to win the World Series Championship.
Hachem beat 5,618 other players and took winnings amounting to $7,500,000. The previous two winners of the WSOP main event – Greg Raymer and Chris Moneymaker – qualified for the tournament through satellite competitions. Joseph Hachem, though, paid the full buy-in.
Since winning the 2005 WSOP Main Event, Joseph Hachem has remained in the poker limelight. He finished 5th at the 2005 World Series Tournament Circuit event at Paris/Bally’s in Las Vegas, and second in the $2,500 short-handed no limit hold ‘em event at the 2006 World Series of Poker. At the Main Event of the 2006 WSOP, he took home $42,882 in his title defence, outlasting 97.2% of the field. He later took $2,207,575 at the Bellagio Casino’s Five Diamonds Poker Classic, his first World Poker Tour title.
Joe Hachem is sure to remain one of the most closely watched players in poker tournaments.