|Dec 11 - 15, 2018||
No Limit Hold'em - WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event
World Poker Tour, Las Vegas
Over the past 11 years, Joe Hachem has been perhaps the most recognisable Australian poker player in the world. He is of course a former WSOP Main Event winner, and has been a good ambassador for the game ever since.
The first recorded cash in Hachem’s career came in the year 2000 Australia, where he picked up USD$3,004 for 4th place in a small tournament. The pattern of his tournament results followed this path until 2005, when he decided to travel to Vegas for the WSOP. He picked up USD$25,850 for 10th place in a USD$1,000 Holdem event, before buying into the Main Event, which he won, for USD$7,500,000. In November of the same year, he took 5th place in a WSOP Circuit event, winning USD$88,172. The following year, at the WSOP, Hachem almost added a second bracelet to his collection, finishing 2nd in a short handed Holdem Event, for USD$256,800. He followed this up a few weeks later with another near miss – 4th place in a Pot Limit Holdem event, for a further USD$90,482. December 2006 saw Hachem add another huge score to his list of cashes, when he won the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic, for USD$2,207,575. He added a further USD$120,000 to his career cashes when he won the Poker After Dark WSOP Champions tournament in 2007. An 11th place at the EPT Monte Carlo Grand Final netted him another USD$159,818 but Hachem had to wait until 2011 for his next six figure win. It duly arrived in a Los Angeles Holdem event, which he finished 2nd in, for USD$300,000. The Aussie Millions USD$100,000 Challenge netted him another USD$339,726 in 2012, before another few years of making do with five figure scores. In 2015, he was back at the WSOP once more, finishing 5th in a USD$10,000 H.O.R.S.E Event, for USD$114,308.
The numerous big scores since his WSOP Main Event win, along with his recent cash in a big buy in H.O.R.S.E Event, show that Joe Hachem is not a one hit wonder when it comes to poker. Over the years, he has established himself as a well respected tournament poker player.