“Jeopardy!” star James Holzhauer could have put down the buzzer, however now he is selecting up his poker chips and heading to the Rio Conference Heart in Las Vegas to check his luck within the World Sequence of Poker.
Holzhauer, 34, will take part in two occasions on Monday, the $1,500 buy-in No-Restrict Maintain’Em Tremendous Turbo Bounty event and the $1,000 buy-in Tag Crew No-Restrict Maintain’Em.
Poker is not something new to Holzhauer, who joked that he majored within the sport whereas enrolled at the College of Illinois, in accordance with the Las Vegas Assessment Journal. Holzhauer says he was satisfied to enter by Corridor of Fame poker participant and commentator, Mike Sexton.
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“I made a decision to enter as a result of Mike Sexton contacted me and supplied to sponsor my buy-ins. I don’t have any plans to enter one other WSOP occasion past these two,” Holzhauer instructed the Assessment-Journal in an e mail. “I performed on-line poker semi-professionally within the early 2000s, however I don’t intend to make a profession of it now, as I’m certain I wouldn’t be ok at it to justify forgoing different alternatives.”
Holzhauer says he stopped enjoying on-line poker as a consequence of a authorities crackdown in 2011 and hasn’t performed in eight years.
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“I finished enjoying on-line poker as a consequence of a mixture of the UIGEA laws and realizing that I might earn more money with much less effort by betting sports activities,” he mentioned. “Actually, my poker abilities are so rusty that my essential objective is to get fortunate.”
Even together with his rusty abilities, his buddy and poker star, Ben Yu says Holzhauer is one of many smartest individuals he is met.
“In poker, the neatest persons are most likely like Scott Seiver, Isaac Haxton — [Holzhauer’s] proper up there with them for certain,” Yu instructed the Las Vegas Assessment Journal. “He has an outstanding playing thoughts. We do numerous sports activities betting work collectively, share numerous info. He’s undoubtedly somebody I look as much as.”
Holzhauer joked Yu needs him to enter so he might take his chips.
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“Ben Yu is an in depth buddy, however he has greater fish to fry proper now than educating me how one can play playing cards,” he mentioned. “Different buddies have inspired me to play within the Sequence, however I believe they could simply be hoping to get extra lifeless cash within the area.”
The playing phenom says he’ll donate 50 % of his winnings in Vegas to charity. Holzhauer has already donated $300,000 from the $2.46 million he gained throughout his document setting profitable streak on Jeopardy.
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With information of his Jeopardy host Alex Trebek battling most cancers, Holzhauer donated over $1,000 to a pancreatic most cancers stroll, with the notice, “For Alex Trebek and all the opposite survivors.”