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Name: Joseph Hachem                                                                       
Born: 3 November 1966                                                                     
Joseph "Joe" Hachem (born 3 November                                                       
1966 in Lebanon) is a Lebanese-Australian poker player.                                   
Hachem and his family moved from Lebanon to Australia in 1972. In 2002, he gave           
up a career as a chiropractor due to a rare blood disorder and decided to                 
concentrate on poker.                                                                     
Hachem is married and has four children.                                                   
Before his Main Event win, Hachem finished 10th in another World Series event,             
winning US$25,850.                                                                         
Hachem won the 2005 World Series of Poker (WSOP) $10,000 no limit Texas hold 'em           
Main Event, outlasting 5,618 other players, and winning $7,500,000. Hachem was             
short-stacked for much of the final table, and did not take a chip lead until             
there were just 3 players remaining. In the final hand, Hachem called a pre-flop           
raise from $300,000 to $700,000 with his 7♣ 3♠. The flop came 6♥ 5♦ 4♦, giving   
Hachem a straight. When the turn brought the A♠, Steve Dannenmann made the top           
pair (with an open-ended straight draw) with his starting hand of A♦ 3♣. Hachem       
bet, Dannenmann raised, Hachem moved all-in and was called. In the end,                   
Dannenmann could only tie if the river brought a 7 (giving him the same straight),         
but the 4♣ on the river ensured Hachem the win.                                         
Unlike the previous two winners (Greg Raymer and Chris Moneymaker), Hachem was             
not an Internet qualifier, instead paying the full buy-in. However, like Raymer           
and Moneymaker, Hachem represents PokerStars.                                             
After Hachem won the 2005 Main Event, WSOP commentator Norman Chad declared, "Hachem       
turned 7-3 offsuit into $7.5 million. Pass the sugar!" Hachem himself first used           
what would become his catch phrase after flopping a flush with A6 of clubs                 
against Andrew Black's three queens, and winning a large pot. (Actually, Hachem           
had said "Pass the sugar!" prematurely: had the board paired, Black would have             
had at least a full house, which would have eliminated Hachem. Fortunately for             
Joe, the board didn't pair.)                                                               
At the 2006 World Series of Poker, Hachem finished second in the $2,500 short-handed       
no limit hold 'em event when his A♠ Q♣ was outdrawn by Russ "Dutch" Boyd's A♦ 5♥   
on a board of A♥ K♣ 9♠ J♣ 5♦ on the final hand.                                 
Hachem later finished fourth in the $2,500 pot limit hold'em tournament; he was           
once again eliminated after taking a bad beat on the river, this time from                 
eventual winner John Gale.                                                                 
Hachem also finished in the money (238th place) of the 2006 WSOP Main Event,               
after his pocket Aces were outdrawn by Andrew Schreibman's pocket Jacks. Hachem           
took home $42,882, and in defense of his title outlasted 97.2% of the largest             
field in poker history. He was also the last remaining Main Event champion left           
in the field, as Greg Raymer had been the year before.                                     
In December, Hachem won $2,207,575 and his first World Poker Tour title at the             
Bellagio Casino's Five Diamonds Poker Classic.