Joseph (Joe) Hachem was born on March 11, 1966 in Lebanon. His family moved during his childhood to Melbourne, Australia. During his teenage years, he played poker games for fun and later he tried his hand at Texas Hold ’em and played live poker for the first time in Melbourne’s Crown Casino. When he left school, he educated himself by graduating Chiropractic School, subsequently launching a successful chiropractic career.
After 13 years of a successful practice, marriage, and kids, he was diagnosed with a blood disorder, which affected his hands and making his profession painful. He started another business, a brokerage firm in 2000 while also more actively honing his poker skills.
He continued playing at Melbourne Casino as well as PokerStars.com, an online poker website, while managing his brokerage firm. In 2005 along with his cousin and brother and $10,000 in savings the trio went to Las Vegas to test the waters in the big leagues. He entered a $1,000 WSOP event of No-Limit Hold’em and earned $25,850 by finishing in tenth position. Two weeks later, he became the first Australian to win a whopping $7,500,000 with a buy-in of $10,000 in the WSOP Main Event. He earned his WSOP bracelet by winning the title over 5,618 hopefuls and professional players that entered.
His win in 2005 made him an official professional poker player and he became Australia’s national hero causing pokers popularity to rise in Australia. PokerStars signed as his sponsor and he became a Team PokerStars Pro, subsequently travelling the world with his family while playing poker tournaments. In the years following his first big win he made the final table twice in 2006, during a second place for a NLHE event and another fourth at a Hold’em poker event. He got another big payout of $2,207,575 for his WPT win during a $15,000 buy-in of the North American Poker Classic in 2006. His wins continued in other events with a big win in the 2009 European Poker Tour London Championship.
Apart from his big events, tournaments, and WSOP wins, most of his other poker accomplishments are from the Australian Crown Casino. There is a series in his honor at the casino called the Joe Hachem Deep Stack, which runs every spring as a main event at the casino.
Hachem has won over $11 million, including 10 WSOP tournament in-the-money finishes and has become a highly respected player in the poker community. He is a regular face on television shows such as Poker After Dark. He joins others such as Scotty Nguyen, Carlos Mortensen as players who have won both the WPT and WSOP Main Events.
Joe continues to manage his brokerage firm, play poker tournaments worldwide, and find time for golf. He loves his family and spends a lot of time with them and even plays poker with his kids with the firm believe that poker teaches individuals discipline and preparation of handling difficult situations.