In the year 2005, when Joe Hachem took his place on the 1st day at the Main event of the World Series of Poker, the Aussie pro had buyer’s remorse immediately. Before he played a hand, Joe Hachem asked why he came into the event and assumed his US$ 10000 fee was crocked.
He divided up that awkward feeling on Saturday with poker players in the Main Event at Rio this year before offering the traditional shuffle up and deal statement to start play in Texas Hold ‘em event.
Joe told that he still remember when he walked into the poker room. He sat down and looked around. There were two thousand poker players. His first instinct was to go back and cash out his ticket.
Not just did Joe star in the poker event, he would it to pocket a then record US$ 7.5 million and immediately become one of poker’s biggest stars. His rooting on section tempestuously cantillated “Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi!” after Joe would win a pot in the final table, conveying a significant international flair to the poker room.
Chris Moneymaker’s Main Event victory in the year 2003 is accredited for the poker boom. But one could easily argue Joe’s victory had a same impact, attracting players from across the world o to Las Vegas every summer to make a real world contest.
World Series of Poker executive director Ty Stewart told that Joe Hachem wrapped himself in an Australian flag and thanked the United States. This is place where you know that poker has a global future.