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    Saturday, December 17th, 2011 by Ryan

There is always that news that comes out that has you completely shocked, whether it is in the poker world, sports world, or if it’s just real life news. This is one of those topics in the poker world, as it was reported that one of the most well-known players out there has officially parted ways with the largest online poker site in the game. Joe Hachem won the 2005 World Series of Poker Championship Event, and he is definitely a fan favorite throughout the poker world. He was a PokerStars Team Pro representative, but the two sides have now decided to go their different directions.

What’s interesting about this news is that it seems that Hachem may have actually made the decision to leave the team. While Team PokerStars was creating cuts from their team just a few months ago, Hachem said he looks forward to pursuing “other career opportunities” and having some “down time to spend with his family”. The most recent cuts from the roster included players like Tom McEvoy, who won the 1983 World Championship, Bill Chen who took down two gold bracelets, and also Dennis Phillips who made a deep run into the November Nine in 2008, and became a fan favorite quickly. On top of that, Greg Raymer also parted ways from the huge poker company after their deal simply didn’t work out.

One of the key reasons why Hachem was a fan favorite is the fact that he proved he wasn’t simply a one hit wonder after his huge score in 2005. He traveled to many different tournaments and brought home some very large cashes and wins as well. The year after his big win, he finished up the 2006 WSOP with four total cashes, two final tables, and a 2nd place finish in a Six Handed No Limit Hold’em event. To end the year, he took down a World Poker Tour Championship to add to his already nice poker bankroll. He’s still chasing the popular Triple Crown in poker, as he has pulled in a seventh place finish at the European Poker Tour as well.

To put it simply, Hachem has some impressive total numbers for his career. While he may not have signed with PokerStars again, this will give Hachem the chance to play whenever he chooses to, which could spell trouble for many other players out there. In total, he has pulled in 51 cashes in his career, with 25 final tables out of those 51 total. Perhaps the most impressive stat about Hachem though is the fact that he has a total lifetime earnings of $11.4 million, and he has also earned more than $100k in every year since his huge win back in 2005.

To say that Hachem will be missed in the online poker world as a sponsored pro would definitely be an understatement. It is pretty safe to assume though that we’ll still be seeing Hachem in many different events, and most likely still playing online. There’s an outside chance that he could also end up on another pro roster for one of the many other online poker sites in the world.

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