WSOP Tournament of Champions

Joe Hachem Eliminated in 4th Place ($25,000)

Joseph Hachem

Forget a knife, you could cut the tension with a toothpick here today, and especially as the big money jumps near.

One player who won't be taking as big a piece of the pie as he'd hoped is Joe Hachem, having just been eliminated courtesy of Howard Lederer.

It was The Professor who lit the first spark, making a standard raise from the button. Hachem reraised to 49,000 from the small blind, Lederer put him all in for 88,000 total and Hachem made the call.

Lederer: {8-Hearts}{8-Clubs}
Hachem: {A-Hearts}{8-Spades}

"Ace of spades!" commanded the Aussie contingent. "One time... Actually, another time. One more time."

On this occasion, however, there were zero times, the board coming {9-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}{J-Hearts} to send the 2005 Champ hurtling towards the rail. The sugar, therefore, remained unpassed.

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