Joe Hachem should not be confused with other recent World Series OF Poker Main event winners. For instance, Jerry Yang who is 2007 winner, takes poker as a hobby and has no plans of turning his main event championship into a poker career in the future. James Gold, a 2006 winner has no time to play poker because he is weighed down with legal issues. Greg Raymer, 2004 winner has also made a great run in 2005 Main event but has not been on the spotlight since then. Finally, Chris Moneymaker, a 2003 winner is yet to make an impression in a major circuit after making it to the WPT final table. Unlike all these recent champions, Joe Hachem is number one hit wonder.
After Joe Hachem's first major tournament in 2005, the WSOP limit Hold'em event where he finished 10th, he has been able to cash in eight events finish among the top five. He was 5thin the $10,00 NL Hold'em circuit of 2005/2006 WSOP held in Paris, was 4th in $2,500 PL Hold'em in 2006 WSOP event, position 2 in 2006 WSOP $2500 NL Hold'em Short Handed. He came first in 2005 WSOP main event, 2006 WPT five Diamond World Poker classic and Poker after Dark WSOP champions II.
Among two players, he is the only one who has been able to earn over $10,000,000 by playing live tournament poker. Jamie Gold is the other player with a $12,000,000 victory in 2006 Main Event. In addition to that, Hachem is the only player across the world to win two different live tournaments whose value exceeds $2,000,000: the 2005 WSOP Main Event worth $7,500,000 and WPT Five Diamond Classic worth $2,207,575.
What makes Joe Hachem interesting is the fact that he was a chiropractor and through playing cards, he has been able to become one of highly pro profile players of PokerStars.
Joe Hachem had a prosperous office in Australia before he gave up his career of being a chiropractor after being diagnosed with a blood disorder. In 2002, he retired from medicine and joined small cash tournaments in Melbourne, Australia. In 2005, he made his historic trip to Las Vegas and World series of Poker.
Joe resides in Australia, his native home and is a father of four children.