Australian poker player Joe Hachem recently competed in the 2010 World Series of Poker but did not make it past Day 1D, despite having the 2005 WSOP championship bracelet to his name.
Initially it did appear that the day would go well for Joe, when he stacked up a good chip count; but he was not able to hold onto his lead and lost his chips steadily as the day progressed.
Although he did scoop a few pots within the first few hours, the third level of play proved to be too much for him and he made a bad call of what he though was a bluff.
At this stage, Hachem had bet 5,725 and called his opponent who had raised the pot. Hachem appeared to have been sure of his call and reportedly commented “I’m not Hollywooding, boys. Either you got a full house or you’re bluffing.” Unfortunately for Hachem there was no bluff and this eventually cost him the game.
Joe’s bother Tony Hachem was eliminated in the Day1d event too, making it a bad WSOP year for the Hachems.
Joe Hachem and online poker
Joe Hachem is a highly motivated poker player who lives by the work hard motto. According to Hachem, “I succeed because I practice hard and train hard and prepare for events.”
Born in Lebanon but currently residing in Melbourne, Hachem is a big fan of Moneymaker, Raymer and Eastgate. Like Moneymaker, Hachem has a few records of his own and was the first Australian poker player to win a WSOP main event. However, unlike Moneymaker, Hachem did not take home $2.5 million but $7.5 million, which was a record prize pot in 2005.
Joe Hachem continued his winning streak when he went on to win the World Poker Tour and walked away with $2.2 million at the 2006 Bellagio Casino's Five Diamonds Poker Classic.
Hachem is also one of the most renowned poker players on account of his large winnings, which stand at more than $10,850,000. Hachem ranks fifth as the world’s highest earning poker player and has finished in the money at many poker tourneys.
Hachem is also one of the very few poker players in the world to have won both a World Series of Poker championship and a World Poker Tour title.
Joe Hachem is a member of the Pokerstars Team and only plays online poker at pokerstars, under the screen name 'JoeHachem'.
If you are lucky you may sit next to him at one of the large weekend tournaments.
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