WSOP Event #5: Joe Hachem makes final table
People do a lot of babbling about the luck factor in poker tournaments. In the smoke-filled corridors around poker tournaments, people lament their bad luck and how anybody can win a poker tournament. And, indeed, luck exists. And, indeed, it can knock you out of tournaments. In Event #5 of the World Series of Poker, Daniel Negreanu faced a series of cold-deck punches that took him from chip leader to rail bird in a matter of hours.
Daniel Negreanu and Joe Hachem face off in Event #5
From the moment Hachem won his bracelet in 2005, he seemed to be on a mission to futher prove himself to the world. He continued to go deep in tournament after tournament, including making a final table in a World Series of Poker Circuit Event.
Now, we're back in the Amazon Ballroom of the Rio in Las Vegas. The aura of Hachem's 2005 victory still hangs in the air and already Hachem is back at a WSOP final table. Not only that, he's back in arguably the toughest event yet in this year's WSOP (More information on how Hachem survived to the final table).
Hachem still seems as though he is on a mission. While I've never heard anyone call him a flash in the poker pan, Hachem seems determined to prove--if only to himself--that he is a deserving champion.
1. Russ 'Dutch' Boyd -- $909,000
2. Michael "anakinso" Goodman -- $573,000
3. Joe Hachem -- $297,000
4. Peter Hassett -- $150,000
5. David Soloman -- $93,000
6. Jeff Knight -- $62,000
Go get'em tomorrow, Joe.