Hachem Again

Australian Joe Hachem got several early Christmas gifts this week, including the second bookend in a set that doesn’t exactly match and another gold bracelet.

No problem.

He isn’t about to exchange or return either.

The winner of the 2005 World Series of Poker’s main event, the last to be held at Binion’s Horseshoe in Glitter Gulch, on Tuesday added the $15,000 buy-in Season V World Poker Tour’s Doyle Brunson North American Poker Classic championship to his ever-lengthening resume.

The tournament highlighted and concluded Bellagio’s Five-Star Diamond Classic.

Hachem collected $2,182,075, a $25,000 entry into spring’s WPT Championship and, oh yeah, the gold bracelet.

“If I win, I’ll have one from here (Bellagio) and one from there (Binion’s),” Hachem said in a pre-tournament interview, gesturing with a shoulder while referring to the Strip and Downtown areas of Las Vegas.

“That’s OK with me.”

Poker’s Man in Black had to come from the fourth spot to overtake chip leader Daniel Negreanu, with whom he’d jousted the previous day before falling from second, and claim his second major Sin City championship.

He rallied in the same manner he did at the 2005 event, when he was short-stacked much of the time.

Speaking before the show was taped, Hachem said another title definitely meant more than the cash, but he’d be happy to take both.

“It’s always the title first, though” he said.

If Hachem and the tax collector — they went round and round after his WSOP triumph — reach accord, Joe might even come up with enough bills to buy that black Mercedes he has been eyeing to replace the Lexus he currently drives.

Combining the $7.5 million he won at the WSOP nearly 18 months ago with the almost $2.2M he pocketed Tuesday, Hachem has walked away from Las Vegas with almost $10 million over the past two years.

Joining him Tuesday were his wife of 16 years and a son, who’d flown in from Melbourne for the occasion.

Hachem revealed he and pals had spent some long hours at the tables, dining and otherwise, prior to Monday’s session, which ran past 3 a.m., so he was weary when he finally climbed into bed.

“I slept like a baby,” he said.

Hachem arrived at the Travel Channel set early, did a couple interviews and then mingled with the overflow crowd, affably posing for pictures with anyone who asked.

While Monday’s action stretched out, Hachem wrapped things up in four hours on Tuesday.

Exiting sixth was Edward Jordan, who was followed by, in order, David Redlin, Mads Andersen, Negreanu and Jim Hanna, who collected $1,099,430 as runner-up.

Hanna raised to $480,000 leading up to the final hand and Hachem made the call.

The board showed the king of hearts, jack of clubs and four of diamonds.

Hachem checked, Hanna bet $600,000 and Hachem again made the call.

The turn was the ace of diamonds.

Hachem checked, Hanna bet out $1.2 million and Hachem mucked his hand.

Hachem raised to $500,000 on the next hand and Hanna folded.

Hanna then raised to $720,000 and Hachem moved all-in.

Hanna made the call and flipped over the queen and jack of clubs.

Hachem displayed the ace of spades and six of clubs.

The board came ace of clubs, queen of diamonds, three of diamonds, eight of clubs and two of diamonds.