Joe Hachem Triumphantly Returns to WPT Play and Wins Their Tournament with the Long Name

Dare we say that the 2005 WSOP ME champ and the WPT are ready to bury the "hachem" now? Damn we’re fucking clever.

Vaughnhachem23_1Joe Hachem, who in July filed a lawsuit against the WPT alleging they "unlawfully conspired to eliminate competition, and violated the intellectual property rights of [poker] players" but has allegedly dropped out of said suit since, now has over $2.1M reasons to be cool with the WPT using his likeness however the hell they please after winning the Five-Diamond Something Something Doyle Brunson Something Something Classic.

Hachem, who has consistently proven his wicked poker chops since winning the WSOP ME in 2005, manuevered through a mongolodian tough field to capture his first WPT title.

Final table play started with Daniel Negreanu as the chip leader. Negreanu built his stack to over 9M early, but eventually bowed out in third overall, banking $592,000.

Heads up play started with Jim Hanna (who?) Jim Hanna former World League of American Football player for the Amsterdam Admirals and one-time New Orleans Saints nose tackle Jim Hanna (oh) as the chip leader, but "slow and steady wins the race" Hachem kept whittling away Hanna’s stack like it was a piece of wood he was whittling into all of the chips remaining in the tournament.

We should just end this now.

So in closing, a few sides notes from the tourney: a big audience both in and out of the Bellagio ballroom was there to watch the final table, and the WPT live set-up is impressive…also impressive is one Sabina Gadecki, damn…and finally, in a retraction to an earlier story on this site, Gavin Smith is definitely not pregnant.

 

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