Joseph Hachem

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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We should remember that Australia was settled as a colony for criminals...take a good look at this creep, he certainly is a decendent of one of the insane criminals sent to the continent.


????? on October 16, 2009

It turns out that he is a piece of sh* the same class as Josh Arieah and Mike Matosow (although I recently moved Matosow from a piece of shi* to seems hen is off the coke, and acting differantly in tournaments.


????? on October 2, 2009

he can play but he is still a small-time annie duke or mike the mouth,,runs his mouth and hates to lose,,not classy for a 7.5 million dollar man

headlessman1964 on December 31, 2006

12/06 He just won the Main Event at the Bellagio, andm 2.1 mil

????? on December 23, 2006

Is Mr. Joseph Hachem jewish? on November 8, 2006

he's the real deal... sure, it takes a lot of good cards to win the big one, but it also takes a lot of good play.. just look at that fold he made against Kanter who would've made his straight on the river if Hachem called (with the better hand at the time). he would have been out right there. he's a great player who had enough luck going for him to get it done.

Unregistered on September 4, 2006

the fact that he got several pocket aces and kings, and all around great cards almost every hand didn't come in to play at all...ya think?
He can play, sure, but he got as far as he did because he got alot of good opposed to someone like Harrington who is simply patient and scrapped for his pots.

ITGuy321 on September 2, 2006

Hachem almost got 2 bracelets but he got 4th

alan on August 22, 2006

I love the pass the sugar comment. It's brilliant.

madladflush on August 19, 2006

I'd like to punch him right in the mush but the man knows how to play holdem. His pass the sugar comment is abotu as gay as he is.

bad_dog76 on August 11, 2006

He'll never win the main event ever again... wow.

With the fields as big as they are now, there will probably never be a repeat ME champion again

pirates66 on August 6, 2006

Deport all those idiots who were yelling "aussie-aussie etc"

????? on July 30, 2006

He may not be a legend yet, but this guy can play. He's no fluke. Made a nice run a few weeks ago placing in second at one of the holdem WSOP events.

Bender on July 29, 2006

Raymer finished in the 1/2 of 1 % in the main even the year after he won it. He is the best, and most respected, amateur winner of the WSOP in the last few years.

HPG ADMIN on July 28, 2006

he's not a legend, and did get lucky, and i'm not saying he's the real deal, but he's not a bad player at all...he's been cashing in tourneys a fair amount, and last year before winning the big one, he placed 10th in other WSOP event...he's no pro, but he's been doing leap and bounds better than moneymaker and raymer since they won it

Unregistered on July 28, 2006

You think this guy is a legend? This guy isn't even good, he doesn't have any talent. This was his first wsop main event, I could go on forever about how lucky and untalented this guy is. When it was down to 3 or 4 players in the main event, some guy raised with 9-9 and hachem reraised with Q-7. Caught his queen and doubled up. Hachem will never win the main event ever again, and probably won't get more than 2 wsop bracelets. This guy is a joke.

Jmlad91 on July 28, 2006

If you don't think Joseph Hachem is a good player duh he's a legend.He defeated 6518 players!!

alan on July 11, 2006

I just saw the replay of the Main Event this year and had to comment about what a real class act Joseph Hacem is. Not only did he quiet the crowd before the last card, but he made it a point to congratulate Steve before he started to celebrate. Fantastic show Joseph............ Hope to see you again.

Unregistered on January 2, 2006

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