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(Joe) Hachem (pronounced "Ha-shem") (born
3 November 1966 in Lebanon) is a Lebanese-Australian
and his family moved from Lebanon to Australia in
1972. In 2002, he gave up a career as a chiropractor
due to a rare blood disorder in his hands, and decided
to concentrate on poker.
won the 2005 World Series of Poker (WSOP) $10,000
no limit Texas hold 'em Main Event, outlasting 5,618
other players, and winning $7,500,000. Hachem was
short-stacked for much of the final table, and did
not take a chip lead until there were just 3 players
remaining. In the final hand, Hachem called a pre-flop
raise from $300,000 to $700,000 with his 7? 3?. The
flop came 6? 5? 4?, giving Hachem a straight. When
the turn brought the A?, Steve Dannenmann made the
top pair (with an up-and-down straight draw) with
his starting hand of A? 3?. Hachem bet, Dannenmann
raised, Hachem moved all-in and was called. In the
end, Dannenmann could only tie if the river brought
a 7 (giving him the same straight), but the 4? on
the river ensured Hachem the win.
the previous two winners (Greg Raymer and Chris Moneymaker),
Hachem was not an Internet qualifier, instead paying
the full buy-in. However, like Raymer and Moneymaker,
Hachem is now a representative of PokerStars.
Hachem won the 2005 Main Event, WSOP commentator Norman
Chad declared, "Hachem turned 7-3 offsuit into
$7.5 million. Pass the sugar!" Hachem himself
first used what would become his catch phrase after
flopping a flush against Andrew Black's three queens,
and winning a large pot.
the 2006 World Series of Poker, Hachem finished second
in the $2,500 short-handed no limit hold 'em event
when his A? Q? was outdrawn by Russ "Dutch"
Boyd's A? 5? on a board of A? K? 9? J? 5? on the final
later finished fourth in the $2,500 pot limit hold'em
tournament; he was once again eliminated after taking
a bad beat on the river, this time from eventual winner
also finished in the money (238th place) of the 2006
WSOP Main Event, after his pocket Aces were outdrawn
by Andrew Schreibman's pocket Jacks. (Schreibman eliminated
another player along with Hachem) Hachem took home
$42,882, and in defense of his title outlasted 97.2%
of the largest field in poker history.
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