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Joe Hachem

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Joe Hachem, 2005 WSOP Winner & 5th All Time Money Winner:

Joe Hachem is 5th in the all time money list, and is most famous for his victory at the 2005 WSOP, which netted him $7.5 million – a cash out record at the time.

Name: Joe Hachem
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Cashes: 34
Total Winnings: $10,670,474
First Place Finishes: 3
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WPT Bracelets: 1

Tournament Poker Background

Born in Lebanon and now living in Australia, Hachem basically came out of nowhere before his first WSOP win.  Learning the Texas Holdem variety of poker after watching the movie Rounders in the 1990s, Hachem became seriously engaged in poker when he took his brother to Vegas with $10,000 of his own money.  One of his first major tournaments was the WSOP Event $1000 No Limit Holdem Re-Buy where he managed to score 10th place and earn $25,850.  However it was only days later when Hachem made one of the biggest shocks in poker after taking down the 2005 WSOP Main Event with 7-3 off suite. 

Not just included on our list of the best MTT players for one tournament bracelet however, Joe has done extraordinarily well in a throng of other competitions, making two final table appearances in the WSOP in 2006, as well as winning a WPT Title at the 2006 North American Poker Championship and 9 other cash outs in World Series Events.  To improve his stake to claim as one of poker’s best tournament players, he is notably only one of five players to have won a WSOP and WPT Title.  In October 2009, Hachem’s tournament winnings estimated just under $11,000,000.  With several other money finishes in the EPT and WPT also, he’s un doubtly one of the most skilled players to date.  

In 2007 he also won the PokerStars APPT Tournament of Champions, and in 2008 almost made the final table of the EPT Monte Carlo – finishing 11th place for more than $150,000.

Tournament Strategy Style

Hachem credits his winning tournament ability to the inherent discipline and control in his game.  He has advised wannabe players on a number of occasions never to bluff too often without outs, with the WSOP winner confessing he never bluffs with no outs unless he’s certain the guy “can’t stand the heat of a raise”.

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