Australian Joe Hachem is one of several poker players to have made their name on the tour by winning the main event at the World Series of Poker. Hachem worked as a chiropractor before illness forced him to turn to poker for a living.
Joe Hachem Career & Poker Celebrity
Between 2000 and 2005 Joe Hachem built up his poker skills during a series of tournaments in Australia. Although the prizes were small by World Poker Tour standards, they funded Hachem’s bankroll and gave him the momentum he need to compete in the World Series of Poker.
In the first event he entered Joe Hachem finished in tenth place, winning over $25,000. Hachem bought into the World Series of Poker World Championship the following week and made history by winning the $7,500,000 prize in his first ever tournament win.
While many World Series of Poker winners struggle to achieve consistent results after their big win, this was not the case with Joe Hachem. Following the World Series of Poker, Hachem became an even stronger player, finishing in the money four times before taking second place at a World Series of Poker main event in 2006.
The next big win of Joe Hachem’s career came at the World Poker Tour 5 Diamond event where he took first place and claimed a massive $2,182,075 prize. In so doing, Joe Hachem became only the fourth player in history to take major titles in both the World Series of Poker and the World Poker Tour, proving that his win at the WSOP wasn’t a flash in the pan.
Joe Hachem had a quiet year in 2007, finishing in the money on only five occasions. Apart from his work on the tour, Joe Hachem also works as a spokesman for PokerStars alongside Chris Moneymaker and Greg Raymer.
Joe Hachem Profile: Playing Style
The hand Joe Hachem played to win the 2005 World Series of Poker says a lot about his risky, aggressive playing style. In the final hand of the tournament Hachem went all-in against Dannenmann on a hand of 73 unsuited and won the tournament when he hit a straight on the flop. Joe Hachem is not know for a relaxed playing style and demeanour and can be very hot-tempered when things don’t go his way at the table.