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Joe Hachem

Diamond Joe

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Biography

Joe Hachem is a Lebanese-Australian poker player who won the 2005 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event.

Nicknamed 'Diamond Joe', Hachem was inducted into the Australian Poker Hall of Fame in 2009.


Read More: Joe Hachem Wins 2005 WSOP Main Event


Biography

Hachem was born in Lebanon on 11 March, 1966, and moved to Australia age six. He worked as a chiropractor, and began to play poker in the late 1990s.

He cashed in several tournaments in Melbourne, including the Victorian and Australian Poker Championships, before cashing in his first WSOP event in 2005.

2005 WSOP Main Event

In 2005, Hachem defeated a 5,619-player field to win the 2005 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event. He defeated Steven Dannenmann heads-up to take home $7,500,000. Despite previous winners Chris Moneymaker and Greg Raymer winning their seats in satellites, Hachem said he bought in "the old-fashioned way" with $10,000 in cash.

The final table lasted a then-record 13 hours and 54 minutes. Hachem was short-stacked for much of the final table, before taking the chip lead three-handed and besting Dannenmann.

After his win, he said he would use the money to take care of his family.

"The only thing better than [winning the Main Event] is seeing my grandchildren - if and when I have them. Family's a big thing for me. I'm not going to be away from my family for too long."


Read More: 2005 WSOP Champ Joe Hachem: "I'm The Luckiest Man on Earth"


Joe Hachem Poker Achievements

Hachem is often referred to as “the Godfather of Australian poker” due to the poker boom he ignited in Australia after his win in the 2005 WSOP Main Event. The 2007 Aussie Millions Main Event, won by Gus Hansen, had at the time the largest field of any poker tournament outside of the United States. With home-field advantage, Hachem was able to finish 23rd.

In December 2006, Hachem won the Doyle Brunson North American Poker Classsic for $2,207,575 becoming a WPT champion for the first time.

In January 2012, Hachem finished third in the Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge for AUD$330,000.

Over the course of his career, Hachem has amassed over $12.7 million in live earnings and currently sits atop the Australian All-Time Money List.

Hachem was a member of Team PokerStars from the time of his win in 2005 until December 2011, when he departed to spend more time with his family.

His son Daniel Hachem made a deep run in the 2019 WSOP Main Event, finishing 79th.

Joe Hachem Top Five Poker Cashes

YEAREVENTBUY-INPLACEPAYOUT (USD)
July 2005WSOP Main Event$10,0001st$7,500,000
December 2006WPT Doyle Brunson North American Poker Classic$15,4001st$2,207,575
January 2012Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge$100,0001st$339,726
March 2011The Big Event$5,000$2nd$300,000
June 2006WSOP 6-Max$2,5002nd$256,800

Courtesy of The Hendon Mob. Last Updated May 2021

WSOP Main Event Winners 1996-2005

YEARENTRIESCHAMPIONCOUNTRYPRIZE
20055,619Joe HachemAustralia$7,500,000
20042,576Greg RaymerUnited States$5,000,000
2003839Chris MoneymakerUnited States$2,500,000
2002631Robert VarkonyiUnited States$2,000,000
2001613Carlos MortensenSpain$1,500,000
2000512Chris FergusonUnited States$1,500,000
1999393Noel FurlongIreland$1,000,000
1998350Scotty NguyenVietnam$1,000,000
1997312Stu UngarUnited States$1,000,000
1996295Huck SeedUnited States$1,000,000
1995273Dan HarringtonUnited States$1,000,000
1994268Russ HamiltonUnited States$1,000,000

Covered Events

Event Place Prize
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #65: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
3rd $201,041
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #45: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller
39th $37,365
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #72: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed
58th $2,790
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #49: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship
61st $15,739
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #46: $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better
49th $3,891
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #40: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better
21st $4,891
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #32: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Mix
85th $2,275
2016 Aussie Millions
Event #11: $10,600 Main Event
79th 15,000 AUD
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #48: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low
43rd $5,779
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #46: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low 8-or-Better
20th $8,550
2012 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #3: €5,300 Pot-Limit Omaha
6th €25,490
2012 Aussie Millions
$100,000 Challenge
3rd 330,000 AUD
2012 Aussie Millions
$1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed
27th 3,115 AUD
2011 World Series of Poker
Event #31: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
50th $7,143
The Big Event at The Bicycle Casino
The Main Event
2nd $300,000
2011 Aussie Millions
Event #12: Pot-Limit Omaha
5th 15,000 AUD
2010 PokerStars.com EPT London
Main Event
15th £25,000
2010 World Series of Poker
WSOP Tournament of Champions
4th $25,000
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #40: $2,500 Seven Card Razz
22nd $6,464
2009 World Series of Poker
Event 57 - $10,000 World Championship No Limit Hold'em
103rd $40,288
2008 World Series of Poker
Event 51 - $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.
24th $6,686
2008 World Series of Poker
Event 43 - $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo
35th $4,619
2008 PokerStars.com EPT Grand Final - Monte Carlo
PokerStars.com European Poker Tour Grand Final
11th $159,943
2007 PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) - Sydney
Charity Sit and Go
1st 50,000 AUD
2007 PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour - Macau
APPT Macau - $2500 Main Event
8th $24,288
2007 Aussie Millions Crown Casino Poker Championship
Event 9 - $10,500 Main Event
23rd $60,000