‘Jeopardy!’ sensation James Holzhauer making WSOP debut, will donate half of winnings

first_img“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.”Holzhauer, 34, told tournament officials he plans to donate to charity half of any winnings. After winning $2.46 million during his “Jeopardy!” run that lasted 32 days, Holzhauer and his wife have donated roughly $300,000 to various charities.He donated more than $1,000 to a Naperville, Illinois, pancreatic cancer walk in “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek’s name. Trebek announced earlier this year he is battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. James Holzhauer showed his stuff on “Jeopardy!” and now will try his hand at the World Series of Poker on Monday.The “Jeopardy!” sensation entered the $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty Tournament and also will participate in the $1,000 buy-in Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em event, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Holzhauer’s huge run on the show is credited to his gambling smarts and his sports-betting knowledge. The Illinois native said he hasn’t played online poker much since the federal government cracked down on illegal online gaming in April 2011.“I stopped playing online poker due to a combination of the (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act) legislation and realizing that I could make more money with less effort by betting sports,” he said. “Honestly, my poker skills are so rusty that my main goal is to get lucky.”Holzhauer has done several events in Las Vegas recently, including joining Trebek as presenters at the NHL Awards show last Wednesday at Mandalay Bay.last_img read more