PokerNews's Sarah Grant tracks down former World Series of Poker Champion Joe Hachem for an extended interview to talk about ambassadorship and, specifically, his take on poker “anti-hero” Dan Colman.
Hachem is pretty blunt about his feelings on that front. If you don’t love the game, get out. If you feel bad about the $15M, give it away. He wants players to stop being selfish, thinking about their own bottom line and start doing what’s good for the game because he freakin’ loves it that much.
While being appreciative of the wizards who have taken the game to the next level, Hachem does miss the days when poker was more about the “game” than the “numbers” and he feels like his generation is one that gravitated to poker through passion, while he current set have been pulled in because of business. He hopes to bring the two together.
Hachem, always candid, rarely disappoints on camera and he doesn’t disappoint here.