July 16, 2005

Joe Hachem at the WSOP

Posted at July 16, 2005 1:15 PM

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Last night Australian Joe Hachem came from behind to win the 2005 Worls Series of Poker, in a marathon session at the final table that ended at 7AM. He walks away with $7.5 million dollars for his work, while 2nd place finisher Steve Dannenmann bags $4 million.

Joe Hachem is a 39 yera old father of four and works back in Australia as a chiropractor.

Melbourne poker king wins $10m

[NOTE: this article converted the prize amounts to Australian dollars]

MELBOURNE card king Joe Hachem became an instant multi-millionaire last night in the world's biggest poker contest.

The Preston chiropractor cruised into the showdown against the sole other remaining player American Steven Dannenmann and was eyeing the top prize of $10 million in the Las Vegas competition.

Hachem had already won $5.6 million after defeating 5617 other contestants in the World Series of Poker no-limit Texas Hold 'em championship.

The 39-year-old father of four outwitted and outlasted an international field of competitors to face off against the world highest rollers.

"I can tell you I've made more money this week than in many years of fixing people's backs," Hachem said.

The ace won through eight gruelling days of competition, playing 12 to 13 hours a day, to reach the final table. Last night, wearing his darkest sunglasses, he risked millions of dollars on the turn of each card.

The Aussie and his loyal relatives who chanted "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi" captured the imagination of the crowd at Binion's Gambling Hall and Hotel.

Hachem's richest prize in Melbourne has been $3545. The world series' total prize pool was more than $69 million.

More Aussie coverage here, from the day before.


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