Born in Lebanon, Joe Hachem relocated to Australia in the 1970’s and became a chiropractor. Unfortunately, he developed a medical problem that affected the blood vessels in his hands, making it difficult for him to continue with the high physical demands of his job. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise however, as it left Joe with a lot more free time to play the game of poker.
Having played here and there for many years, Joe began entering live tournaments at the ever so famous Crown Casino in Melbourne, around the year 2000. After a few years of rather small but consistent cash placements, Joe headed to Las Vegas, NV for the 2005 World Series, a trip that would surely change his life as he knew it forever. He made a good start, finishing just shy of the final table in the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event, earning over $25,000 with a 10th place win. A few days after, Joe would get to live out every poker player’s fantasy. A field of over 5,000 players played the Main Event that year, all aspiring to take down what was set to be the biggest prize pool to date. After days of grueling action, it was Joe who would come out to be the new world champion, taking home the gold bracelet and $7.5M in prize money.
Proving that his World Series success was far from a one time deal, Joe has had a great deal of success ever since. He returned to the WSOP in 2006 and came close to winning another bracelet, finishing only 2nd place in the $2,500 Shorthanded Hold’em event. He also finished 4th in the $2,500 Pot Limit Hold’em event for an other $90,482. Joe ended off the year with a huge victory at the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic, earning $2,207,575 for his 1st place finish. In April 2008, he almost made the final table of the PokerStars.com EPT Monte Carlo Grand Final, taking down over $150k for finishing in 11th place.
When he does get a chance to take a break from poker, Joe enjoys spending time with his wife and four young ones. He also become a keen golfer, regularly Teeing off with friends and fellow poker players.
In just a few short years, Joe has gone from amateur player to now being one of the biggest tournament players of all time. Far from being a one hit wonder, his World Series victory was just a hint of what was to come from Australia’s favorite poker export.