‘Jeopardy!’ champ James Holzhauer headed to World Series of Poker
James Holzhauer, the second winningest “Jeopardy!” champion, is going to try his luck and skill on another game — poker.
Holzhauer is set to make his World Series of Poker debut on Monday, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Holzhauer will play in two events at the Rio Convention Center in Las Vegas: 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, the event announced on Facebook.
“I decided to enter because 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. “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 said he’ll donate 50% of any winnings to charity. Holzhauer won $2,464,216 during his 33-episode “Jeopardy!” run that ended on June 3.