James Holzhauer, the professional sports player who became a national feeling when he won more than $ 2 million in "Jeopardy!" this spring returned to his roots Monday when he made his debut at the World Series of Poker.
Thanks to an invitation from Hall of Fame poker player Mike Sexton, Las Vegas competed domestic in the $ 1500 No Limit Hold & # 39; Em Super Turbo Bounty Tournament and $ 1000 Take Team No Limit Hold & # 39; em event at Rio Convention Center, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.
"I decided to go in because Mike Sexton contacted me and offered to sponsor my purchase -in," Holzhauer Review-Journal told an email. "I have no plans to go into another WSOP event beyond the two. I played online poker semi-professionally in the early 2000s but I'm not going to make a career for it now because I'm sure I would not "be good enough to justify you getting other opportunities. "
Holzhauer, who lives in Las Vegas, told the newspaper that he stopped playing online poker years ago.
" Honestly, my poker skills are so grateful that my head's goal is to get lucky, "he said.  Holzhauer – who won $ 2.46 million on "Jeopardy! "before losing to University of Chicago librarian Emma Boettcher earlier this month – said he is planning to donate half of his WSOP winnings to charity. Holzhauer recently donated $ 1,109.14 (a reference to his 4-year-old daughter's birthday) to A pancreatic cancer walk in the name of "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek, who has been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Holzhauer says he and his wife have donated about $ 300,000 to charities.