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2005 WSOP Champ moves home amid family threats

April 12th, 2007

Joe Hachem beat 5618 players to win the 2005 World Series of Poker (WSOP) earning him a record-breaking $7.5 million dollars.

But back then, Joe could never have thought just how much his life would change. It is reported that Joe has had to move house, fearing for the safety of his family, after receiving threatening phone calls and letters.

Joe is originally from Lebanon, however he and his family moved to Melbourne, Australia in 1972. He is married with four children. A chiropractor by trade, he had to give that up a few years ago after a developing a rare blood disorder in his hands. While he was considering his future, he started playing poker. He first started playing in casinos, but then moved on to playing online.

With $7.5 million under his belt, and an Aussie tax loophole that helped him avoid paying taxes, one would think life would be sweet, but the phone calls and letters bearing threats to him and his family put an end to that. Although it has not been revealed what the threats entailed.

This latest move should secure some welcome privacy for Joe and his family.


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