As a general rule poker players are charitable people and that is certainly the case with Joe Hachem. The former World Series of Poker Main Event champion is fronting a charity tournament bearing his name that hopes to raise money for a great cause.
The Joe Hachem Shooting Star Invitational is a new private corporate and celebrity poker tournament focussing on raising funds for Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) and will take place at the Crown Casino, Melbourne on Oct. 14. Autism is something that is close to Hachem, the 46-year old has a severely autistic cousin called Dib. Hachem hopes that by using his celebrity status in the poker world he can attract some media attention and hopefully give the disability more exposure.
“It is important to raise awareness,” said Hachem to the Herald Sun, “The thing that annoys me more is that we still don't know anything about it [autism], despite all the research that goes on we are no different today than we were 20 years ago.”
The tournament is due to take place during the upcoming ANZPT Melbourne festival so everyone has their fingers crossed that those who would be playing in the number events anyway will add an extra one to their schedule and support a fantastic cause.
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