Joe Hachem

Joseph (Joe) Hachem (Arabic جوزف هاشم ) ( "Ha- shem " spoken) ( born November 3, 1966 at the Lebanon ) is a Lebanese- Australian poker player.

Hachem is originally from Lebanon. He and his family moved to Australia in 1972. He gave in 2002 to his career as a chiropractor, because he had a circulatory disorder in his hands. Instead, he decided to concentrate on poker.


On 16 July 2005, he won the main event at the World Series of Poker, beating 5,619 players through and won $ 7.5 million. In contrast to the previous winners Greg Raymer and Chris Moneymaker, Hachem is not qualified by an Internet tournament, but paid the $ 10,000 buy in yourself Just like Raymer and Moneymaker is now Hachem a representative of PokerStars.

Hachem survived the main tournament, a situation in which it came to his entire chip, as he only had a threesome couple on hand just before the prize money ranks. However, another three came on the flop, so Hachem won. During almost the whole last day Hachem had few chips. This only changed when only three players remained.

Hashem's winning hand was 7 ♣ 3 ♠, one of the weakest starting hands in Texas Hold'em. After he had gone along an increase from 300,000 to 700,000 chips before the flop, on the flop were 6 ♥ 5 ♦ 4 ♦, and thus a road. The turn was the A ♠, which his opponent Steve Dannemann top pair and an open ended straight draw with his starting hand of A ♦ 3 ♣ had. Hachem sat, Dannemann increased, Hachem moved all in and Dannemann went with. Dannemann would only be able to achieve a split pot, if one would be on the river came 7, which both would have had a street 3-7, but on the river appeared the 4 ♣, which Hachem secured the victory.

In the World Series of Poker 2006 Hachem second in the $ 2,500 No Limit Hold'em Shorthanded when his A ♠ Q ♣ by Russ "Dutch " Boyd's A ♦ 5 ♥ on a table with A ♥ K ♣ 9 ♠ J ♣ 5 ♦ subject, since Boyd had two pairs.

In December 2006, Hachem won $ 2,207,575 and his first title at the World Poker Tour Bellagio, in the main event of the Doyle Brunson North American Poker Classic.

In the second episode of the TV poker series Poker After Dark in 2007, Joe Hachem won the first row against Greg Raymer, Jamie Gold, Huck Seed, Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan in heads up against.

To date, he has won over $ 11.8 million in poker tournaments.

Private life and other activities

Hachem is married and has four children. He runs a pawn shop in Pascoe Vale and enjoys playing golf.

In 2009 he played a supporting role in the film Prey - Outback Overkill a hotel employee. Also in the film comedy All in - all or nothing from the year 2008 he had a cameo as a poker player.