World Series of Poker 2005 Champion


“Aussie!  Aussie! Aussie!”  It was the chant heard by poker fans around the world as Joe Hachem turned over his cards in the last hand of the 2005 tournament.  With one “straight”, he became 7.5 million dollars richer, his life forever changed as he was crowned World Series of Poker 2005 champion.  Overnight, Hachem became an international celebrity. 


Born in 1966, the World Series of Poker 2005 champion, Joe Hachem, spent most of his life in Australia after moving away from Lebanon at age 6.  He is proud to be an Australian, and he considers his wife and four children to be the most important people in his life.  He and his wife have been married 16 years.  He is extremely vocal about the fact that his family comes first.


Before earning the title of World Series of Poker 2005 champion, Joe Hachem ran a successful chiropractic office for thirteen years.  Eventually, he developed a very rare condition that prohibited him from properly using his hands to do his job.  He shifted careers and became a mortgage broker while playing poker as a hobby.  The hobby turned into a burning passion.  Although he had played poker for most of his life, he didn’t really start taking it seriously until the mid 90’s.  When his medical condition cut short his chiropractic career, he began playing in live tournaments in Melbourne and online tournaments at PokerStars.


“Like any poker player, I harbored dreams of the World Series of Poker”,  said Hachem.  “I figured they would remain dreams.”


Before becoming the World Series of Poker 2005 champion, Hachem never dreamed it possible to win the title.  He never considered leaving his family so long or wagering $10,000 for an entry fee.  In the 2005 WSOP, he played in a small event and won tenth place, pocketing $28,000.  The win gave him the confidence and the cash to pay the entry fee to the World Series of Poker main event. 


It was only one week later that Joe Hachem outplayed the other poker greats to claim the title of World Series of Poker 2005 champion, the biggest dream of his life. 


Today, Joe Hachem continues to play poker.  Although many people have criticized his decision not to move to the United States, he remains in Australia.  He describes the decision to remain in Australia as a difficult one.  Although it might benefit him professionally, he considers it important not to uproot his four children and wife from their Australian home. 


People who know Hachem comment about how well he took his win in stride.  He is now a millionaire, but he doesn’t appear to have changed a bit.  He hasn’t made extravagant purchases or changed his style of living.  People have commented that he’s “still Joe, just richer”.


The World Series of Poker 2005 champion Joe Hachem is a poker player that won the tournament as a virtual unknown.  Now, he is a household icon and a player that is respected and revered by the new breed of poker players that would love the chance to call him their opponent.  We can only wait to see what the future holds in store for everyone’s favorite Australian poker player. 


If you are a Joe Hachem fan, you might want to check out the World Series of Poker 2005 Champion’s website.  It can be found at www.joehachem.com.  Stay tuned for the 2006 World Series of Poker main event as Hachem fights to defend his title.  He promises fans that he will return and see if he can get lucky a second time.  We can only wait and see!


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