Hachem held Q7 against
Kanter's pocket nines and the flop was Q82.
The turn brought no help to Kanter and Hachem
never looked back after that hand.
Taking a step back this
is how the final table action panned out. In
the second hand Mike Matusow, with around $7.4
million in front of him found himself covering
a $3 million+ all-in bet from Scott Lazar.
Matusow was crushed to discover that his Kings
had walked head on into pocket aces. When a
miracle King hit the flop, the ?motor mouth?
was virtually running round the room.
Unfortunately, fate had a few more tricks to
play on Mike before the hand was complete and
two running hearts gave Lazar a flush on the
river to scoop the pot. It was a key hand in
Matusow?s life and a devastating blow for
Matusow. Had he won that his aggression would
probably have paid dividends at what was
(apart from Ireland?s Andy Black) a
comparatively passive and cagey final table,
and he may well have gone on to win the whole
Matusow went out in
ninth place a half an hour later when his
pocket tens were beaten by Daniel Bergsdorf?s
A/J when a four came on the turn to give
Bergsdorf a bottom straight. Matusow went home
to nurse his wounds, slightly consoled by the
$1,000,000 he received for ninth place.
After Brad Kondracki and
Daniel Bergsdorf fell in seventh and eighth
places, it was Scott Lazar?s turn to leave
when Andy Black?s two Jacks were good enough
to call an all-in move from Scott, holding
The Irish fans cheering
Andy Black were only slightly over run by the
Australian contingent chanting for Joseph
Hachem. In the early hours of the morning
Binions announced that they were completely
out of Guinness and Fosters Lager to no one?s
For many, Irishman Andy
Black was now firm favourite to win the event.
Having come 14th in 1997, Black was the only
player left at the table with an experience of
going that far in. However Black was next to
go when a coin-flip 10/10 vs A/K situation
went in Steve Dannenmann?s favour. Andy went
out to a well deserved standing ovation and a
$1.750,000 cheque which was some consolation.
With four players left
and an enormous jump in money between each
remaining placing it became to a bit of a
deadlock. Without the bold aggression of
Matusow and Black to spur it on, the game
faltered in the entertainment stakes with even
the smallest of pre-flop raises causing all
the others to fold.
After seemingly hours of
early morning cat and mouse, Aeron Kanter went
out in fourth place. With only three left from
the original 5,619 runners Tex Barch was the
smallest stack by a short head and became the
target of the other two players. Eventually
when Joe Hachem?s pocket knaves stood up
against Tex?s weak ace we were finally down
to the final two?head to head with the world
watching, would it come down to a coin flip or
a lucky flop?
It didn?t take long to
find out. The blinds were up to a World Series
record $150,000 - $300,000 blinds with a
running $50,000 ante when a suspicious flop of
6h-5d-4d was dealt into the centre of the
table. Dannemann had raised a pre-flop
$700,000 from the button and Ozzie Joe Hachem
had called. Dannenmann put in a small bet on
the flop, holding A/3 and Hachem re-raised it
up to $1.7 million to see the turn card.
Danenmann with an up and down straight draw
and an ace kicker called.
An ace on the turn gave
Dannenmann top pair and truly set the cat
amongst the pigeons. Hachem immediately came
out betting $2,000,000 and when Dannenmann re
raised another $5,000,000. Joseph Hachem
quietly announced ?All-in!?
Dannenmann, flipping over his A/3 (top pair
and up and down straight draw) only to see Joe
Hacham flip over the second nut straight,
holding 3/7 off-suit. To gasps from the
audience, knowing it could be all over, only a
seven on the river could save Dannenmann to
split the pot. When a four paired the board on
the river, it was all over and Australia had
its first winner of the Main Event at the
World Series of Poker. The crowd was filled
with cheers and applause as Hacham?s
followers descended onto the stage, lifting
the new champion man high over their
In one of his
post-tournament interviews, he said that once
he had chips, he knew that he wasn't going to
give any of them back and that the title was
going to be his.
After winning, Hachem's
supporters and fellow countrymen chanted their
final "Aussie, Aussie, Oi!, Oi!, Oi!",
as they had been doing throughout the final
table. Joe wrapped himself in an Australian
flag and shouted, "Thank you,
America." The Australians observing the
final table were not the only people going
crazy. Hachem said, "From what I've been
told by my friends, Australia has gone
mad." Non-Americans have won the World
Series of Poker Main Event before, but Hachem
is the first Australian.
While Hachem was unknown to most of the poker
world prior to his WSOP victory, he did have a
track record in Australian tournaments, as
well as a tenth place finish in the$1000
rebuys No Limit Holdem event two weeks earlier
during the World Series of Poker.
Unlike Chris Moneymaker and Greg Fossilman
Raymer when they won their titles, Hachem did
not qualify on the Internet, but instead paid
the full $10,000 buy-in. He definitely got a
good return on his investment. "A million
dollars changes my life, let alone $7.5
million," he said. "It changes
everything. I can look after my family, my
mum, my kids."
Congratulations Jo Hachem, 2005 World
Series of Poker Champion!!
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