Joseph Hachem

Poker Player

Born: 11 March 1966
Birthplace: Lebanon
Best known as: Winner of the 2005 World Series of Poker
Joseph Hachem won the World Series of Poker championship at Las Vegas, Nevada on 16 July 2005. The victory, which he won by outlasting 5618 other gamblers in the event, earned him a prize of $7.5 million. Hachem was born in Lebanon and emigrated to Australia with his family in 1972. According to the Australian newspaper The Age, Hachem "started taking poker seriously after developing a rare blood disorder in his hands... The ailment forced him to give up his job as a chiropractor and, while taking time off to consider his future, he began playing poker more regularly." Hachem won the World Series of Poker in his first year participating in the event, as did 2003 winner Chris Moneymaker and 2004 winner Greg "Fossilman" Raymer. Hachem defeated Steven Dannenmann with a straight vs. two pair on the final hand of the tournament.
Extra credit: Hachem's winning straight was 3-4-5-6-7; he was holding 3-7 when the flop came 4-5-6, followed by an ace on the turn and a 4 on the river. Dannenman had A-3... Dannenmann won $4.25 million for second place... The 2005 event was the 36th edition of the World Series of Poker.

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