Born in 1959 in Beirut, Lebanon, Joe Awada is a professional poker player, based in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Awada moved from Lebanon to the United States as a teenager, and ended up as a juggler in a traveling circus act that took him to Las Vegas and eventually on tour with the Harlem Globetrotters. After a car accident ended his juggling days pre-maturely, a friend suggested that he try becoming a casino dealer. This was his introduction to poker.
Awada made a name for himself at the 2004 WSOP. He finished 2nd to Scott Fischman in the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event and would have won the bracelet if not for a bad beat on the river on the hand before the final hand. Later in the same WSOP, Awada won a bracelet in the $5,000 seven-card stud event, defeating Marcel Luske. Awada has 1 WSOP bracelet, 10 WSOP cashes, and total WSOP earnings of $578,766.
Three months after his WSOP run, he made the final table of an event during the 3rd season of the World Poker Tour, winning $132,200. He also won an event on the Ultimate Poker Challenge and made the final table of a World Series of Poker circuit event.
Although he is not on the A-list of poker players, he is a well-respected pro with total live tournament winnings (as of 2008) that exceed $1,000,000.
HPG ADMIN on February 27, 2013