There have not been a lot of poker players who have been as successful as Joe Hachem. He has won the biggest poker tournament in the world and several other important ones. He is not the most well known player in the world because of his quiet style but you can be sure that people who really follow poker are well aware of him.
Joe Hachem was born in Lebanon but moved to Australia with his family when he was young. Unlike a lot of the top players in the world Hachem did not really get into poker when he was young. Instead he started a career as a chiropractor. However after a few years he developed a blood disease that affected the blood vessels in his hands and made it impossible for him to work as a chiropractor. When he had to give up his career he took some time off to decide what to do, this was when he started to get into poker.
After taking some time off from work Joe Hachem set up a small brokerage business but poker started to take up more and more of his time. He was playing regularly in the casinos near his home and having quite a bit of success. This led him to start to think seriously about poker as a career so he started entering some local tournaments. After winning a few of these he closed down his business and headed to the United States in order to pursue his poker career, in particular to start playing in the World Series of Poker.
Joe Hachem has had quite a bit of success in the World Series of Poker having finished in the money thirteen times. His biggest success however was winning the main event in 2005; this earned him a then record of seven and half million dollars. He quickly followed up that win with a World Poker Tour win the next year. This puts him in a very small group of people who have won the WSOP main event and a WPT event. It has also helped to cement his reputation as one of the great players in the world.
Joe Hachem has continued to play regularly in tournaments and although he has not repeated the success that he had when he won the WSOP main event he has been a very consistent player with quite a few money finishes. The main reason that he is so consistent is that he is one of the most disciplined players that you will find anywhere. The result is that he rarely makes mistakes or suffers heavy losses so he is always in a position to do well. With career winnings of more than eleven million dollars it would be fair to say that this strategy has worked for him.