Daniel Hachem Attempting to Follow in World Champion Father’s Footsteps, Advances to WSOP Main Event Day 6

Most of the big name pros are gone from the WSOP Main Event heading into Day Six, but there are still plenty of reasons to continue watching. One of those reasons is Daniel Hachem, the son of 2005 world champion Joe Hachem, who is attempting to become the first father-son duo to win poker’s most prestigious event.

Daniel Hachem WSOP Main Event

Can Daniel Hachem follow in his father’s footsteps? (Image: CardsChat News)

Hachem isn’t the only reason, however, to continue paying attention to the Main Event. Antonio Esfandiari has a big stack, a few other poker greats – Jeff Madsen, Jake Schindler, to name a couple – are still in contention. And one of the remaining 106 players is just six days away from winning a nice cool $10 million bucks.

Like Father, Like Son

Even though it’s been 14 years since Joe Hachem won the Main Event, he’s still adored by the poker community. So, if his son continues running deep this week, the younger Hachem will most certainly become his own household name.

Daniel Hachem, who bears a striking physical resemblance to his father, bagged 6,765,000 chips following Day Five. He’ll come back at noon PT on Thursday with the 26th largest stack out of 106. Timothy Su went on an insane heater on Wednesday and left with a huge chip lead (19,235,000).

But, as we learned on Day Five, starting a the session with the chip lead isn’t everything it’s cut out to be. Just ask Dean Morrone who bagged the biggest stack on Day Four. He was eliminated the following day in 159th place ($59,295).

Hachem doesn’t have the chip lead but he’s right in the thick of things and would like a better outcome on Day Six than Morrone had a day earlier. Daniel is the only child of a former Main Event champion still standing. Todd Brunson, Doyle’s son, was also eliminated on Wednesday in 191st place ($50,855).

Matusow’s Run Ends in Disappointment

Mike Matusow was one of many big name pros who’s Main Event run was cut short on Day Five. He was visibly disappointed in his exit as his bust-out was televised on ESPN, but still was gracious enough to shake his opponent’s hand and wish everyone at the table “good luck.”

“The Mouth” had an impressive run but went home in 199th place ($50,855). He’s made numerous deep runs in the Main Event but hasn’t quite been able to get over the hump to win it all. He finished 6th in 2001 ($231,765) and 9th in 2005 ($1 million). Maybe next year, Mikey.

Former NFL star Richard Seymour, who was seated at the ESPN feature table on Wednesday, also ran deep and showed viewers that he can play poker about as well as he could rush the passer back in the day. But like Matusow, his solid performance was cut short of the final table as he busted in 131st place ($59,295).

Notable Day Six Chip Stacks

  • Sam Greenwood (Canada) 11,950,000
  • Chad Power (United States) 7,480,000
  • Daniel Hachem (Australia) 6,765,000
  • Antonio Esfandiari (United States) 6,630,000
  • Chris Hunichen (United States) 6,280,000
  • Alex Foxen (United States) 2,655,000
  • Jeff Madsen (United States) 1,795,000
  • Jake Schindler (United States) 1,390,000)


Written by
Jon Sofen
Semi-pro poker player with 17 years experience on the felt and more than five years working as professional poker media.


David wrote...

It is going to take longer than they have planned for maybe 1 or 2 extra days…players already too deep

Zorba wrote...

Aussie Aussie Aussie.

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