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.
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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."
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
|July 2005||WSOP Main Event||$10,000||1st||$7,500,000|
|December 2006||WPT Doyle Brunson North American Poker Classic||$15,400||1st||$2,207,575|
|January 2012||Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge||$100,000||1st||$339,726|
|March 2011||The Big Event||$5,000||$2nd||$300,000|
|June 2006||WSOP 6-Max||$2,500||2nd||$256,800|
Courtesy of The Hendon Mob. Last Updated May 2021
WSOP Main Event Winners 1996-2005
|2004||2,576||Greg Raymer||United States||$5,000,000|
|2003||839||Chris Moneymaker||United States||$2,500,000|
|2002||631||Robert Varkonyi||United States||$2,000,000|
|2000||512||Chris Ferguson||United States||$1,500,000|
|1997||312||Stu Ungar||United States||$1,000,000|
|1996||295||Huck Seed||United States||$1,000,000|
|1995||273||Dan Harrington||United States||$1,000,000|
|1994||268||Russ Hamilton||United States||$1,000,000|