Born in Lebanon in 1966, Hachem's family moved to Melbourne, Australia in 1972. As a teen, Hachem played poker for fun, and eventually moved on to playing Texas Hold'em
at the local Crown Casino in the mid 1990s.
Married to his high school
sweetheart, Jeanie, Joe Hachem worked as a chiropractor for 13 years. Afflicted with an obscure condition that impaired the use of his hands, Hachem was forced to seek other employment, and embarked on a new career as a mortgage broker. Hachem continued to frequent the casino in Melbourne, and also played online poker
with marvelous results at PokerStars.
In 2005, Joe Hachem took the opportunity to fly to Las Vegas with his brother, and entered the main event of the World Series of Poker. Warming up for the championship tournament with a 10th place win for $25K in the $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event, Joe Hachem took down the $7.5M first place prize two days later, earning his first WSOP bracelet.
The fateful win earned Joe Hachem immediate stardom, and the opportunity to officially turn pro. The following year, Hachem claimed yet another highly respected accolade in the poker world: his first World Poker Tour title.
Joe Hachem is now a member of Team PokerStars, and makes regular appearances at the World Series of Poker's preliminary events and annual championship tournament, as well as televised poker games
such as Poker After Dark and High Stakes Poker
. Hachem also produced and hosted the Australian reality show, The Poker Star, featuring Hachem as poker mentor to a house full of aspiring poker pros.
Putting family first, Joe Hachem's poker earnings allow him to enjoy more quality time with his wife and four children, as well as participating in hobbies such as golf and fine dining. All of Joe Hachem's children are avid poker players
, and Joe has made it a personal mission to bring the same respectability to professional poker that Australia bestows on other sports.