Australian Joseph Hachem wins 2005 World Series of Poker

First time World Series of Poker entrant Joseph Hachem today won the $10,000 no limit Holdem main event and in the process pocketed a record US $7.5 million dollar prise pool.

Hachem beat a record field of more than five thousand entrants. Ironically, Hackem won the tournament holding 7,3 one of the worst starting hands in Holdem. When the board came 4,5,6 Hachem’s straight was good enough to beat remaining opponent Steve Dannenmann.

Hackem, an Adelaide man who regularly plays poker at Crown Casino in Melbourne, was greeted with shouts of “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oy! Oy! Oy!” from his fellow countrymen.