Joe Hachem Biography
Career Winnings: $10,505,609
2007 Winnings: $230,982
Bluff/ESPN Ranking: 88th
Cardplayer Ranking: None
Joe Hachem originally comes from Lebanon, having been born on November 3, 1966. When he was six years old his family moved to Melbourne, Australia. Before he became a poker player, Joe was a chiropractor, but his career was cut short when he developed a rare blood condition that made it impossible for him to uses his hands as a chiropractor. Seeking a new career, Joe Hachem found poker.
In 2007, Joe Hachem has had much more success in Australia than in the United States, having cashed once at the WSOP and three times in major Australian tournaments.
Joe Hachem entered the 2005 World Series of Poker Main Event by paying the full $10,000 entry fee. He did this thanks to an earlier WSOP event where he finished 10th and won $28,000. Because he was playing well, Joe decided to enter the Main Event. In the end, Joe Hachem faced Steve Danneman in heads-up play and emerged victorious from the fray. This victory was worth $7.5 million.
Joe made more history in December of 2006, when he won the World Poker Tour Doyle Brunson North American Classic at the Bellagio. By doing this, he became the fourth poker player to win both the Main Event of the WSOP and a WPT title. The previous three were Carlos Mortensen, Scotty Nguyen, and Doyle Brunson. Also in 2006, Joe Hachem finished one place short of winning another WSOP bracelet when his AQ fell to Dutch Boyd’s A5 at the $2500 Shorthanded No Limit Holdem event.
Joe Hachem currently lives in Melbourne, Australia with his wife and kids.
Visit Joe at his official website – JoeHachem.com