Joe Hachem No Longer A PokerStars ProDecember 18, 2011 1:11 pm
Yesterday, it was announced that poker superstar Joe Hachem and PokerStars have decided not to renew his PokerStars Team Pro contract, which expired recently.
The Lebanese-Australian pro has been a true ambassador for PokerStars over the past few years and it would seem his parting was also amicable, too. As the 45 year-old father of four explains:
“It’s been a great run with PokerStars and I’m proud of my association with the people and the company. But it’s time for me to pursue other career opportunities and it will be fun to have some down time to spend with my family. I look forward to the future with much excitement and anticipation and will always have fond memories of my time at PokerStars.”
Joe Hachem won the WSOP Main Event in 2005 for $7.5 million and was signed by the online poker giant the same year. Hachem then followed his golden year with $2,644,958 in earnings for 2006, including a win at the WPT Five Diamonds Poker Classic for $2,207,575.
Since then, Joe Hachem has plotted a steady course and in 2007 won $255,271, in 2008 won $214,719, in 2009 won $111,600, in 2010 won $105,829, and so far in 2011 has earned $377,256. Joe Hachem now sits at number 9 on ‘Poker’s All Time Money List’ with $11,339,302 in live tournament winnings, with his nearest Aussie rival Antanas Guoga way back in 81st on $4,448,990.
Commenting on Hachem tenure as part of Team Australia, Head of Corporate Communications for PokerStars Eric Hollreiser said:
“Joe has been a terrific endorser for PokerStars over the years, and while we are sad to see him leave the Team we are looking forward to continuing to watch him play. We thank him for all he’s done for our brand and for poker and we wish him all the best at the poker table and in life.”