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2005 WSOP Main Event Winner Joe Hachem
Runner Up Steve Dannenmann
Winning Hand 7 3
Losing Hand A 3
1st Place Prize $7,500,000
Number of Main Event Entrants 5,619

The 2005 Main Event proved to be highly entertaining with numerous headlines for the reporters covering the event. The most surprising facet of the 2005 Main Event was defending champion Greg Raymer, who survived deep into day 6 before exiting in 25th place.

The final table held several excellent poker players, including Mike “The Mouth” Matusow and Irishman Andy Black, but it would be the man from Australia, Joe Hachem, who would take the title.

Joe Hachem was born in Lebanon and turned to poker after developing a medical condition that ended his career as a chiropractor. Joe Hachem won his heads-up duel with Steve Dannenman with the weak starting hand of 7-3. The flop could not have come down any better for Hachem, as it fell 4-5-6, giving him the straight. After an ace fell on the turn Hachem forced Dannenman to put the rest of his stack into the pot, and after another four fell on the river Joe Hachem was the 2005 WSOP Main Event champion.