Joseph Hachem defeated 5618 players, including the second place finisher Steve Dannenmann, to win the main event at the 2005 World Series of Poker. His victory earned him a record breaking $7.5 million dollars.
After Hachem won the 2005 Main Event, WSOP commentator Norman Chad declared, "Hachem turned 7-3 offsuit into $7.5 million. Pass the sugar!" Hachem himself first used what would become his catch phrase after flopping a flush with A6 of clubs against Andrew Black's three queens, and winning a large pot. Actually, Hachem had said "Pass the sugar!" prematurely: had the board paired, Black would have had at least a full house, which would have eliminated Hachem. Fortunately for Joe, the board didn't pair
Since winning the WSOP in 2005, Joe has had some very nice cashes including a win in the WPT for $2.2million and EPT cash of €105000
Mel: What's the hardest part about being a public figure, and has it gotten easier over the last couple years?
Joe Hachem: You just don't get much time to your self and everything you do or say is quite often broken down and analyzed. I have been lucky in that it has been easy all the way.
Mel: How come your catchphrase is "Pass the Sugar"?
A Greek friend of mine used to say it in our home game and I picked it up from him years ago. It basically means pass me the money and thanks for coming.
Mel: How's your affiliation with Pokerstars going?
Great, into my fourth yr and always having fun. It's easy to work with a site you absolutely believe in and trust.
Mel: Do you prefer playing live tournament poker or online poker?
I def prefer live but find online is convenient practice and to get a feel for what the new guys are doing.
Mel: What's your favourite variant of poker?
No Limit Texas Holdem for sure, sleek, sexy and exciting!
Mel: You've won a WSOP Bracelet and won a WPT event. Are there any other titles in poker that you are aiming for?
A PokerStars EPT title and Aussie millions title are highest on my list, but admittedly i have a pretty long list.
Mel: Do you feel intimidated by any players?
Who me? Do you know who I am? Lol.
Mel: Where's your favourite live card room to play?
Crown casino in Melbourne Australia, nothing like home mate and it helps that crown is a 6 star casino and hotel.
Mel: Any plans to play any more UK tournaments?
Always enjoy EPT London and now WSOPE Europe.
Mel: Have you spent the money yet ?
Still got some left.
Mel: What do you like to do when you get spare time?
I can't even spell spare time. Between my poker commitments and raising 4 kids with my lovely wife I'm lucky to get a few hours to sleep now and then.
Mel: Have you any tips for our PokerNews UK readers to our website and magazine?
Be good to your mother and remember poker is not a like but just a small part of it so enjoy yourself.
Joe Hachem it has been an honour and a pleasure. We wish you all the best for the future.