Poker champ forced to move house

Former World Poker Champion, Joe Hachem, 41, has found out that fame and fortune comes at price.

Hachem, who won nearly $10 million (AUS) in Las Vegas’ World Series of Poker in 2005, has revealed that he has been forced to move house in Melbourne, Australia, after receiving threatening telephone calls and letters.

"We've just bought a house, more for security reasons because my address was public knowledge," Lebanese-born Hachem revealed.

"You get a few calls, you get a letter in the mail and you think, 'You know what? I don't need this.”

Hachem said that since his big win in 2005, he has received a number of threats but “nothing really bad”. Hachem was concerned that his previous address was common knowledge and, as a result, has moved to a different part of Melbourne.

Hachem admitted that since his win his life has changed remarkably and that in many ways he wasn’t prepared for it.

"It was definitely life-changing, but the funny thing is I didn't expect it. I just thought I'd be world champion, get a nice endorsement, and go back to my normal life,” Hachem said.

Nevertheless, undeterred and eager to get his hands on another title, Hachem will travel to Las Vegas’ Bellagio casino next week for the start of the World Poker Tour championship.

Editor, - 2007-04-10 12:26:55

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