Joseph Hachem is a Lebanese-Australian professional poker player known for winning 2005 World Series main event. He was the first Australian to win the main event and earned $7.5 million, then a record for all-time biggest tournament prize.
Hachem became the WSOP all-time leading money winner when he beat Steve Dannenmann in the 2005 main event (he's since been passed). Hachem, like every player who has won the WSOP main event, was then monitored by the poker world to see if he would record another win and prove that he was not just a one-hit wonder. Some players, like Varkonyi and Moneymaker, have not been able to shake off their reputations as players who just got lucky.
Similar to the previous year's winner, Greg Raymer, Hachem was a serious (but unknown) player for many years before becoming an overnight poker celebrity. Living in Melbourne, Australia, Hachem retired from his chiropractor practice and used poker to support his wife and two children.
Hachem was able to quiet any potential criticism about whether he got lucky when, a year after his big win, he won his 1st WPT title, earning $2,182,075. He is one of only five players to win both a World Series main event and a WPT championship.
As of 2009, Hachem has 10 WSOP cashes and his tournament winnings exceed $10,850,000, making him the fifth-highest ranked player in live tournament career earnings.
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