About Joe Hachem

Joe Hachem
Name Joe Hachem
Current Residence
Born Mar. 11, 1966
Birth Place - , LB

Joseph Hachem seemed to come out of nowhere as he survived round after round of his very first World Series of Poker Main Event, going on to win the $7.5 million grand prize in 2005. He became an instant poker celebrity, but his rise to fame was actually more gradual than it appears.

Born in Lebanon on March 11, 1966, a young Hachem moved with his family to Melbourne, Australia, in 1972, where he has since married and raised a family of his own. Joe met his high school sweetheart, Jeanie, through family friends when he was 15 and she was 12.

The poker pro started playing the Manila version of poker for fun during his teenage years, and it wasn't until the mid-1990s after watching the movie Rounders that he switched to Texas Hold'em and decided to try his luck playing live at the Crown Casino in Melbourne.

Around the year 2000, after a rare blood vessel disorder in his hands forced him to quit his main passion, a chiropractic business he ran for 13 years, Joe began working as a mortgage broker and devoting more time to poker as a "semi-professional," playing regular live games in Melbourne and online at PokerStars.com.

The game became serious business in 2005 when the Aussie headed to Las Vegas with his brother, cousin, and $10,000 of his own money on a mission to win the "Big One." Hachem tested the waters in Vegas first by entering WSOP Event 37, a $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em with re-buys tournament held on July 4, where he placed 10th and earned $25,850.

His win turned out to be peanuts compared to the millions he won less than two weeks later on July 15 at the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em World Championship final table, which he reached after beating the record-breaking 5,600-plus playing field. Hachem secured his championship with a 7-3 off-suit, one of the worst starting hands in poker. He was the first Australian to win the event and one of only four non-Americans to have won.

Now a millionaire many times over and a sponsored PokerStars.com player, the devoted family man to whom "nothing is more important than family" has the resources to travel to international tournaments with his wife and four children in pursuit of the best poker the world has to offer.

That pursuit has also led him to more cashes in the 2006 WSOP, as he made it to two final tables and cashed in events including the Main Event. 2006 also brought Joe a World Poker Tour title at the 2006 Doyle Brunson North American Poker Championship.

With that win, he joined the ranks of Doyle Brunson, Juan Carlos Mortenson and Scotty Nguyen as the only players to win a WSOP Main Event and a WPT championship title.

Poker doesn't dominate Hachem's life though. His newfound wealth has also given him the time to enjoy his other favorite activities: playing golf, eating a nice meal in a good restaurant and smoking a quality cigar in a nice bar.


  • WSOP 2005 Main Event Champion
  • Used to be a chiropractor
  • Introduced the phrase "Pass the sugah!" to the poker playing masses at the 2005 WSOP Championship final table
  • One of four players to be both a WSOP Champion and WPT Champion

Joe Hachem recent tournament placings

Place Winnings Tournament
44 $9,523 WSOP 2016, Event 35 - $5000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em
298 $29,329 WSOP 2015, $10,000 WSOP Main Event
5 $114,308 WSOP 2015, Event 63 - $10,000 H.O.R.S.E Championship
66 $7,260 WSOP 2015, Event 51 - $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed
68 $5,027 WSOP 2015, Event 46 - $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed
22 $7,903 WSOP 2015, Event 35 - $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.
43 $5,779 WSOP 2014, Event 48 - $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low
20 $8,550 WSOP 2013, Event 46 - $3,000 PLO Hi-Low
17 $3,460 WSOP APAC 2013, Event 2 - $1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha
12 $18,018 WSOP 2011, Event 39 - $2,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em/Omaha
50 $7,143 WSOP 2011, Event 31 - $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
4 $25,000 WSOP 2010, 2010 Tournament of Champions
103 $40,288 2009 WSOP, Event 57 - $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em World Championship
23 $6,686 2008 WSOP, Event 51, H.O.R.S.E.
35 $4,619 2008 WSOP, Event 43, Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better
11 €101,000 EPT Season 4, EPT Grand Final
20 $20,000 WPT Season 6, Bay 101 Shooting Star
8 $24,288 2007 Special, APPT Macau Main Event
98 $4,840 2007 WSOP, Event 52, No-Limit Hold'em w/Re-Buys
1 $2,182,075 WPT Season 5, Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Classic
238 $42,882 2006 WSOP, Event 39, No-Limit Texas Hold'em World Championship Event
4 $90,482 2006 WSOP, Event 29, Pot-Limit Hold'em
15 $9,664 2006 WSOP, Event 18, Pot-Limit Hold'em
2 $256,800 2006 WSOP, Event 5, No-limit Hold'em Short Handed, 6/table
1 $7,500,000 2005 WSOP, WSOP 2005 $10,000 World Championship Event
10 $25,850 2005 WSOP, Event 37, $1,000 No-limit Hold'em w/re-buys