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The Bernard Lee Poker Show (12/8/20): Joe Hachem (Part 2)

By Robbie Strazynski
December 10, 2020

Joe Hachem

In this episode of The Bernard Lee Poker Show on the Cardplayer Lifestyle Podcast Family, Bernard Lee concludes his interview with the 2005 WSOP Main Event champion, Joe Hachem (part 1 here). The Australian WSOP Main Event champion discusses the 2005 WSOP Main Event, including heading to Binion’s Horseshoe for the final 27 players and playing the final table. Joe also discusses his legacy and his WPT Five Diamond victory in 2006. Finally, he talks about the Australian Hall of Fame and the COVID-19 pandemic and how Australia’s strict regulations reduced COVID-19 cases to zero.

0:00Welcome to The Bernard Lee Poker Show as we conclude our interview with the 2005 WSOP Main Event champion, Joe Hachem.
0:472020 WSOP is a hybrid of online and live. WSOP International final table has been set as 674 players enter the event. The final nine players are led by Brazil’s Brunno Botteon, yet headlined by Damian Salas who finished 7th in the 2017 WSOP Main Event. Next Tuesday, the players are scheduled to play live at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. The US final table will be set next Monday Dec 14th online on WSOP.com, while the final nine will play on December 28th at Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The two respective champions are scheduled to play on December 30th at Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.
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6:44Bernard welcomes Joe Hachem to the show.
7:30Joe joins the show.
9:38Joe discusses solid double up on the 2005 WSOP Main Event bubble.
11:20Joe remembers the thought process level after level in the 2005 WSOP Main Event.
13:26Bernard and Joe talk about Bernard folding pocket kings and queens preflop during Day 5 of the 2005 WSOP Main Event.
16:28Joe recalls playing at Binion’s Horseshoe for the final 27 for the 2005 WSOP Main Event.
17:59Joe remembers playing the 2005 WSOP Main Event final table, especially down to five players where he began as the short stack.
20:16Bernard and Joe discuss the final hand of the 2005 WSOP Main Event versus Steve Dannemann.
26:31Joe feels like he is “coming home” every time he returns to Las Vegas.
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28:03Bernard continues his interview with Joe Hachem.
28:57Joe discusses how first affected by COVID pandemic as he was just finishing LAPC and barely was allowed back into Australia before they locked their borders. Joe also discusses Australia’s successful protocols to eliminated COVID cases.
34:17Joe discusses the Australian Hall of Fame (HOF), especially Lynn Gilmartin who Joe introduced into the HOF this year in 2020.
38:56Bernard and Joe discuss a critical hand during the 2006 WPT Five Diamond Main Event final table versus David Redlin. He also discusses extending his poker legacy.

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Robbie Strazynski

Robbie founded Cardplayerlifestyle.com in 2009. A veteran poker writer and presenter, Robbie hosts The Orbit, a first-of-its-kind roundtable discussion live broadcast on Twitch.tv/poker featuring poker’s biggest names and personalities, as well as the CardsChat Podcast. In 2019, Robbie translated the autobiography of poker legend Eli Elezra (Pulling the Trigger) from Hebrew into English. Robbie’s “Running […]