Jeopardy! champ James Holzhauer will make his World Series of Poker debut Monday in Las Vegas.
Jeopardy! champ James Holzhauer will make his World Series of Poker debut Monday in Las Vegas, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler, play in two events at the Rio Convention Center. He'll play in a $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty tournament. and a $1,000 buy-in Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em event.
"I decided to enter because [Poker Hall of Famer] Mike Sexton contacted me and offered to sponsor my buy-ins. I don’t have any plans to enter another WSOP event beyond those two," Holzhauer told the Review-Journal in an email. "I played online poker semi-professionally in the early 2000s, but I don’t intend to make a career of it now, as I’m sure I wouldn’t be good enough at it to justify forgoing other opportunities."
He will donate 50% of any winnings to charity, according to the Review-Journal. He recently made a donation in Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek’s name to a pancreatic cancer walk from his hometown of Naperville, Illinois.
Holzhauer played online poker in college, but he told the Review-Journal he hasn't played the game for nontrivial stakes in eight years.
Holzhauer, who became a celebrity through his Jeopardy! run over the past few months, lost in early June, snapping a historic 32-game win streak. His loss stopped him short of besting Ken Jennings's non-tournament record earnings total of $2,520,700 through 74 appearances. Holzhauer won $2,464,216 during his 33-episode Jeopardy! run.