One of the most prestigious poker tournaments in the brick and mortar world in the 21st century (and previously as well) is the World Series of Poker. The event draws thousands of enthusiastic poker players from the world over each and every year. Indeed, the 2005 World Series of Poker features over 5,600 dedicated participants.The winner of the World Series of Poker 2005 tournament was Joe Hachem. In winning in the World Series of Poker tournament in 2005, Hachen took home a record breaking prize of $7.5 million.Brief Bio: Joe HachemHachem is garnering the reputation as being one of the best poker players anywhere in the world. This perception of Hachem actually began to take hold even before his historic winnings in the 2005 World Series of Poker tournament. Many poker experts believe that Hachem will remain a force to be reckoned with on the tournament circuit for years to come.Hachem was born in March, 1966, in Lebanon. As a boy, he moved with his family to Melbourne, Australia. (Australia remains his home today.)Prior to taking up professional poker, Hachem was a practicing chiropractor in Australia. He saw patients until about a decade ago when he developed a rare blood disease that prevented him from effectively working with his patients. At that time, and in order to kill time, he took up playing poker as a hobby. According to a number of interviews he has given over the course of the past couple of years, he never envisioned the day that he would be playing poker professionally — let along winning a large scale tournament like the World Series of Poker.Hachem is married and has four children.Joe Hachem and His Career as a Professional Poker PlayerPrior to taking home the coveted World Series of Poker prize, Hachem played poker for a mere ten years. As mentioned, he took up poker at that time as a means of passing the time.2005 actually marked Hachem’s first turn at play in the World Series of Poker. While it certainly is not heard of for a person to win such a large tournament his first time in the door, Hachem is marking territory as a very formidable player in the 21st century.Hachem is the first Australian who has won the United States based World Series of Poker, although not the first non-U.S. citizen to take home the first place prize.Joe Hachem and Online Poker PlayingAlthough Hachem is making his mark in the poker tournaments of the brick and mortar world, he has set his sites on the world of online gaming and poker playing. According to Hachem himself: “I started in casinos (in the brick and mortar world). But, in the past two years, I’ve been playing online a lot.”Hachem made his remarks following his victory in the 2005 World Series of Poker competition. Hachem joins a growing number of poker professionals who have cut their card playing teeth in casinos the world over who are becoming more heavily involved in online poker playing and Internet based poker tournaments. At this point in time, Hachem spends at least some time each week playing poker online.Hachem and other well known professional poker players are joining the literally thousands of men and women who are taking up poker playing online each and every year. With the tremendous rise in the number of people taking part in online poker, even large casino operators like Harrah’s are getting into the game. (Harrah’s has announced its intention to play a large role in the online casino market — including poker — on into the future.)A growing number of poker enthusiasts (both professional and amateur) envision the day when online poker tournaments will in fact carry with them hefty prizes like the multi-million dollar purse offered in the World Series of Poker in 2005. Indeed, some insiders from the world of professional poker suggest that the day when Internet based tournaments will match the prizes found in the brick and mortar world is not all that far off.At the present time, Hachem intends to continue playing poker professionally. (When not at the table, Hachem owns and operates a brokerage firm in Australia. He has no immediate plans to end that particular business despite his great success in poker in 2005.)Hachem intends to continue to play in high profile tournaments — both in the brick and mortar world and online.According to interviews with Hachem his family remains the focus of his life. When asked what he sees himself doing down the road, he has replied simply (in multiple interviews):”Look after my family, my mum, my kids.”Certainly, it goes without saying that a bright future is in the cards for Joe Hachem.
The poker game has been a part of card games competitions for more than two hundred years already. Undoubtedly, poker has charmed the majority of the planet, starting from poker rooms on river boats and in bars on the Wild West in the past and up to modern card rooms with a huge amount of tables and luxurious casinos all over the world. Be it the USA, Europe or even Latin and South America, poker has become a super popular game of the 21st century. But even now there is a “new horizon”, which will be actively conquered in the forthcoming years, in order to move poker to the new stage of its popularity among dozens of millions of new players.This “new horizon” is a continental Asia. One billion people lives in China, one more billion is the population of India, and one more billion is spread over the remaining part of the continent. Considering such an amount of potential poker players, this market is a “gold vein” for organizers of the game. Only recently this horizon started to be developed (with or without the assistance of local governments). The new horizon can become the last one for poker, meaning that it will completely conquer the whole world. Organizers of poker assure that by the end of 2007 many Asians understand perfectly well what is “blind”, “turn” and “river”.For a long time on-line companies have been interested in the possibility of entering Asian markets (particularly, Chinese market), but governments of Asian countries prevent on-line or traditional gambling industry from full-scale development. The government of India, for example, does not actively support the idea of the gambling industry (though there are six casinos in this country). China, which will host international Olympic games-2008, the government gradually weakens the control over the Internet. This is very good news for the representatives of the gambling industry, who have already prepared to launch a large-scale acquaintance of Asia with poker.Steve Wynn, the owner of hotels and casinos all over the world, is ready to bring his brilliant and glamorous style to the Asian market. “Wynn Macau”, the complex of casinos and hotels, was opened on September 5 in Macao. It familiarizes the Asian continent with the luxury of Las-Vegas. It includes hotels of 600 rooms and casinos, which undoubtedly offer gambling and poker games, just like the other Steve Wynn’s institutions do all over the world. The 20-storeyed hotel will be an exact copy of the hotel-casino “Wynn Las Vegas”. The company plans to arrange further spreading of table games throughout the continent.TV has also brought poker tournaments onto the Asian market. The most popular world poker tournament (World Poker Tour or WPT) has recently granted a license to TV stations in Macao and Singapore for them to show the first season of WPT games to the Asian audience. But the continent is getting ready to organize its own outstanding poker tournaments. The organization entitled “PanAsia Poker Tour” has recently declared that the debut of this new championship will take place in November, and it is for the first time in history that the official championship will take place in Manila, Philippines.The event called “PAPT Philippine Open” will take place on November 3-5 in “Airport Casino Filipino”. Its final tournament will incorporate free Texas holdem poker game with the prize fund of $2500. It is expected that the tournament, which got the official permission of Philippines State Corporation for Control over entertaining and gambling industry (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation or PAGCOR), will attract celebrities and professional poker players who would attempt to win the title of the tournament champion. There are plans to film this tournament to be shown in the future on Asian TV. This means that the spectators of the Asian continent want to watch games, which are played on their own land.However, the poker tournament entitled “PanAsia” does not stop at arranging one event. Leaders of this organization have adopted plans to arrange in 2007 a tour across the continent with ten stops. The latter are planned in Macao, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and the Philippines. If the tour appears to be successful, it will be able to attract millions of new poker players to the poker community.India is also a part of Asia; the world outlook of Indians in many aspects reflects the peculiarities of Asian or even Eastern philosophy. Gambling games and casinos in the Indian society are usually condemned (though many Indians want to change this), while poker sites, which are not prohibited here, encounter difficulties in spreading deeper into the continent. It is interesting that some activities of the on-line poker companies take place particularly in India. For example, the company “PartyPoker” has a branch office there with 900 employees, the company pays taxes here, as well as in Gibraltar, where its headquarters are located. Nevertheless, India will be able to display its real interest to poker during the first tournament in the history of this country, which will take place in 2007.Asian poker championship in India – Asian Poker Classic – with the guaranteed prize of one million dollars will take place on March 1-3, 2007, in a major resort Goa (Grand Resort Goa) in the hotel “Intercontinental”. It is expected that more than two hundred players will take part in the tournament. The admission fee being $7500, this competition is to attract some of the best poker players from all over the world and many celebrities. Its organizers hope that the poker site (and the tournament sponsor) “Maharajah Club” that has earned a reputation a long ago will help to attract many players to this competition.Perhaps, the organizers themselves will give the best account of the tournament. This is what the tournament director and the respected director of the championship “European poker tournament” (European Poker Tour) Thomas Kremser said about the event. “Nothing similar has ever happened in India before. Undoubtedly, the tournament will be impressive. The striking beauty of the Goa resort, splendid hotels and absolutely unique character of this tournament will become its unsurpassed scenery. It will be the poker tournament of the year!”Asian poker players have already inscribed their names into the history of the game. From Johnny Chan to Men “The Master” Nguyen and Can Kim Hua, Asian players made their contribution to the game, and today their impact is felt in any tournament. Upon arriving onto the Asian continent, poker will conquer the new and the last geographic horizon and give birth to a new generation of champions from Asia.
Nearly every poker site offers sign-up bonuses to attract new poker players. The last years this has become one of the most important promotions for poker rooms in attracting new poker players and every poker player should definitely profit by these free offers.
Taking advantage of all kinds of sign-up bonuses can be a substantial part of poker players’ winnings, especially for new players who play at the lower limits. For all players clearing bonuses is a popular way of increasing their bankroll and a large number of players already have the knowledge that taking advantage of sign-up bonuses can be fairly rewarding.The online poker rooms are able to provide these sign up bonuses because all poker players pay rake, a little percentage taken from each pot that goes to the poker room. The poker bonuses are usually approximately 60 – 100% of the total amount a player has raked while clearing the bonus. Even though the poker room offers a free bonus they still make profit on these online poker sign up bonuses.There are 3 categories of sign-up bonuses in online poker.First of all, there are online poker sign up bonuses which the player needs to make a deposit for. These sign-up bonuses are named “deposit poker bonuses”. For these bonuses a person needs to make a deposit before the bonus can be cleared. The poker bonus is released after meeting the requirements.Related to the first kind of sign-up bonuses, there are online poker rooms such as Bodog who provide an upfront poker bonus for which a person needs to make a deposit. These poker sign up bonuses are named instant upfront deposit poker sign-up bonuses. Poker players are allowed to use the money immediately on real money tables after the first deposit is made. However, there are requirements to cash-out bonus and winnings. Be sure to read the bonus terms and conditions of these online poker sign up bonuses.Finally, there are poker bonuses for which no deposit is required. These poker sign up bonuses are named “no deposit poker bonuses”. Poker players can check out the poker site without the risk to lose their own hard earned money. A certain amount of player points need to be accumulated before a player can cash-out their bonus and winnings. This is to prevent players from withdrawing immediately after receiving the free cash.In general, for most online poker sign up bonuses a deposit is required and bonus money is added to a bonus account. After the bonus is cleared the online poker rooms make a full 100% profit because the poker players continue to pay rake. Therefore it is suggested to take advantage of each sign up bonus offered before settling down at a particular poker room. What makes internet poker as popular as it is now, is the opportunity that has been created by many online poker rooms, to play poker online in real money games without making a deposit. For new players, it is suggested to start with the no deposit bonuses. This way they can check out the poker site and get familiar with playing for real money. Before signing-up please read the bonus terms and conditions of these poker sign-up bonuses. Some online poker bonuses are easier to take advantage of than others so take your time before making choosing a sign up bonus.