The six-year-old relationship between Joe Hachem, the Australian professional poker player, and PokerStars, the largest online poker room in the world, has come to an end. The poker pro, who says that he wants to be closer to wife Jeanie and their kids, will probably get what he desires as he has agreed to be the ambassador of Asian Poker Tour (APT), which will keep him closer to home.

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Hachem, who joined PokerStars in 2005 after winning $7.5 million at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event, quit PokerStars in December 2011. Recently, he announced that he will not renew his contract with PokerStars.

However, Hachem has been one of the most loyal professional poker players PokerStars had ever sponsored, owing to which the parting was on friendly terms. The 45-year-old player, the father of four kids, said, “It’s been a great run with PokerStars and I’m proud of my association with the people and the company. But it’s time for me to pursue other career opportunities and it will be fun to have some down time to spend with my family. I look forward to the future with much excitement and anticipation and will always have fond memories of my time at PokerStars.”

PokerStars signed Hachem in as its sponsored player in 2005 when he won $7.5 million in the WSOP Main Event. The following year, Hachem earned a total of $2,644,958 playing poker, of which he won $2,207,575 at the World Poker Tour (WPT) Five Diamonds Poker Classic.

Ever since, Hachem has enjoyed a great deal of success. He won $255,271 in 2007, $214,719 in 2008, $111,600 in 2009, $105,829 in 2010, and $377,256 in 2011. The professional poker player now occupies the ninth position in the “Poker’s All Time Money List,” having collected a total of $11,339,302 in live poker tournament winnings alone.

Eric Hollreiser, the head of PokerStars (corporate communications), said that PokerStars will be sad to see him go and thanks for him for his contributions. Stating that Joe has supported PokerStars all these years, he wished the poker player well.

The APT, which was acquired in 2008 by AsianLogic Limited (ALL), is the largest poker tour in Asia, includes the promotion of poker events in Singapore, Macau, and Philippines. Hachem is expected to boost the event considerably as he is its fourth ambassador, the others being Quinn Do, J. C. Tran, and Nam Le.

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