Newly Crowned 2005 World Series of Poker Winner, Joe Hachem Kicks Off This Year’s ‘Legends of Poker Tournament’ at the Bicycle Casino

BELL GARDENS, Calif., July 26 /PRNewswire/ — On Wednesday, July 27th, the Bicycle Casino will celebrate this year’s World Series of Poker winner, Joe Hachem, fresh from his win as 2005 Champion and $7.5 million dollars richer! Hachem, an Aussie of Lebanese decent, has the rare distinction of having won the largest first place prize ever awarded in poker history. As the newest Ambassador of Poker, Hachem travels to LA for his first feature on the Jay Leno show, and brings his good luck to the Bicycle Casino for the launch of their most prestigious tournament series on the poker circuit today, “Legends of Poker.” “The Bike” will once again host thousands of seasoned professionals and new players from around the world for a solid month of high stakes poker, and with an overall estimated prize pool of over $7,000,000. The Legends Championship final event will once again be featured as the premier L.A. stop on the World Poker Tour.

Guest of honor, Hachem will cut the ribbon on the Bicycle Casino’s newly expanded high limit poker room, featuring 25 tables of high stakes, no limit poker 24/7 and the best games in town. Next, it’s a cocktail reception for the WSOP Champ in the Bicycle Grill with the Bike’s “Poker Elite.” The end of the evening is all about getting in the game, and Hachem is slated to be a guest commentator at the Bicycle Casino’s “Live At The Bike!”, the only cash game filmed from a casino floor streamed live to your computer every Wednesday through Saturday night, from 6PM to 10PM PST. Catch the game at

Join Champion Joe Hachem, and seasoned professionals Yosh Nakano, Robert “Chip Burner” Turner, Men “The Master” Nguyen, Young Phan and a host of top LA poker pros for a celebration of poker and its newest crowned royalty from Down Under.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005 — Ribbon Cutting will take place on the Bike’s Plaza from 7:45PM – 8:00PM with a Cocktail Party following in the Bicycle Grill. The Bicycle Casino is located at 7301 Eastern Avenue, Bell Gardens, CA 90201. From Downtown Los Angeles, take the 5 south, to the 710 south, and exit on Florence Avenue East. (562) 806-4646, Ext 545 — Welcome Center.

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