Joe Hachem was born on March 11, 1966 in Lebanon. After living a few years of his youth in Lebanon, Joe's family moved to Australia, which he has called home since. He studied to be a chiropractor, which became his career until a blood disorder in his hands made it painful to do his job. His long-time hobby of poker then became more of a full-time endeavor.
From the year 2000, Joe did well in live tournaments at his home casino in Melbourne, Crown Casino. He consistently made final tables in major tournaments but hadn't yet achieved his first win. By 2005, his bankroll warranted a trip to Las Vegas in the United States for the World Series of Poker, where he began his endeavor with a tenth place finish in a $1,000 NLHE event for $25,850. With that, he stuck around to play in the $10,000 buy-in Main Event, which he entered along with 5,618 other players. He went on to beat Steve Dannenmann heads-up to win the tournament and the $7,500,000 prize that went with it. He also became the first Australian to ever win the WSOP Main Event and sparked a poker boom in his home country.
Joe went on to continue his poker career, cashing in numerous events around the world. In 2006, he won the World Poker Tour Doyle Brunson North American Poker Classic for $2,207,575 and has continued to be a force on the global tournament circuit. By the start of 2010, he had won nearly $11 million to date.