Hachem shocked by Main Event competition

Joe Hachem

2005 Main Event Champion Joe Hachem pulled no punches in his assessment of some of the more aggressive players he has faced at the WSOP 2009 Main Event.

"They're playing for the World Series Main Event," an amazed Hachem said of some of the players he was up against this year.

"They're going to become ... If they win, even if they make the final table, they become a part of poker history.

"And I'm seeing dudes, I've been watching dudes for the last few days just ... amazing. Shipping in $400k or $600k with fresh air or with middle pair against a made hand. I don't know. I don't know what's going on. But these guys can never win tournaments.

"Until they grow up, and have a brain, that this is a nine day tournament and you can't win it on any one day except the last day, then they can never win."

Hachem has always been an outspoken character, his aggressive demeanor at the felt often causing friction with other players.

His latest declaration came during a break in Day 6, with Hachem still nursing the possibility of collecting his second Main Event title - albeit with a shortstack.

Though Hachem was unable to turn his small stack into a big stack, crashing out midway through the day, he was quick to pay credit to the Main Event's deep-stacked format.

"The structure is amazing," he said. "I've never felt under pressure the whole tournament. Even at 50% of the average, you're not under pressure."

Coming into the day, the average stack size was a very generous 60 big blinds, causing Hachem to be surprised at some of the over-aggressive plays he has witnessed.

"I'm happy for me, and players like myself who have taken advantage of this, but for the game of poker, they should not even be here. These guys have no right being at the World Series. They should be playing $2 sit-and-gos online."

Hachem has had several strong results since his famous World Series win in 2005, including picking up the Five Diamond WPT title in 2006.

But despite a flourishing poker career and nearly $11 million in winnings from tournament poker, Hachem isn't overly concerned with creating a legacy that history will remember.

"To be honest, I've not even thought about that," he said.

With files from Martin Derbyshire

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