Joe Hachem is most commonly known as the winner of the 2005 World Series of Poker main event. He was born November 3, 1966 in Lebanon. He and his family then moved to Australia in 1972. Before getting heavily involved in poker, Joe Hachem was a chiropractor, but gave up this career due to a rare disorder of the blood that caused him to be unable to properly use his hands for the job and decided to really concentrate on his aspiration of the game – poker.
During the 2005 main event of the $10,000 no limit Texas Hold’ em at the WSOP, Hachem made is past 5,618 other players ending the night in a win of $7,500,000. During the 2006 WSOP $2,500 short-handed no limit hold ‘em, Hachem came in second place. During this same 2006 WSOP Main Event, Hachem finished 238th place in the money after he was overthrown from his pocket Aces with his opponents, Andrew Schreibman’s pocket Jacks. At this time, he took home a total of $42, 882 in earnings.
In December of 2006, Joe Hachem brought home $2,207,575 along with his first World Poker Tour title when he attended the Bellagio Casino’s Five Diamond Poker Classic.
Hachem joined five other Main Event winners on the NBC program, Poker After Dark, for the World Series of Poker Champions II when he won the event for a total of winnings equaling $120,000. At the end of 2007, Hachem landed the role winner at the Poker Stars APPT Tournament of Champions.
As of 2008, Hachem’s live tournament winnings well exceed $10,700,000. He is ranked the behind Jamie Hold and Daniel Negreanu for a 3rd position in live poker tournament career earnings.
One thing Hachem says he will never forget, no matter how much money he earns or where his poker career takes him, is remaining true to his word and the most important thing in his life, which is his family.