"Jeopardy!" Master James Holzhauer's 15-minute fame is not yet over.
The professional sportsman ended his game show after 31 victories and beat $ 2.46 million in prize money. Now he hopes his winning strike will transfer during the World Series of Poker at the Rio Convention Center in Las Vegas.
On behalf of Hall of Fame poker player Mike Sexton, Holzhauer, 34, competes in $ 1500 purchases -In No Limit Hold & # 39; Em Super Turbo Bounty Tournament and $ 1,000 buy-in Tag Team No Limit Hold & # 39; em.
"I decided to come in because Mike Sexton contacted me and offered to sponsor my buy-ins." Holzhauer tells the Las Vegas Review Journal, admitting he hasn't played for eight years ̵
He also says he could "make more money with less effort by playing sports."
"Actually, my poker skills are so rusty that my main goal is to have luck," he adds.
Holzhaurer may be out of practice, but even all-star Ben Yu says his friend is likely to be a force to count on.
"In poker, the smartest people are probably like Scott Seiver, Isaac Haxton – [Holzhauer’s] right up with them with certainty," Yu says. "He has a phenomenal waster. We work lots of sports bets together, share a lot of information. He's definitely a person I'm looking up to."
A modest Holzhauer defends with his father's praise – fun that the other WSOP players only want more beatable opponents.
"Ben Yu is a close friend, but he has bigger fish for frying right now than teaching me to play cards," he says. "Other friends have encouraged me to play in the series, but I think they might just hope to get more dead money on the pitch."
The very gracious winner, Holzhauer has already promised to donate 50 percent of his Vegas winnings to charity. During his reign at "Jeopardy!" He donated about $ 300,000 to charities, including the Las Vegas-Clark County Library, the Las Vegas Natural History Museum and the Ronald McDonald House in Las Vegas.
Earlier this month also gave exactly $ 1,109.14 to a Chicago-based pancreatic cancer walk-athon in the name "Longer" Jeopardy! "Alex Trebek, who was diagnosed with the life-threatening illness in March, hosted the odd specific dollar amount referring to the birth date (November 9, 2014) of Holzhauer's 4-year-old daughter, Natasha, who had sent Trebek a sympathy card under her father's trivia show stint.
"I would like to express my thanks to your beautiful little daughter, Natasha, for having made this good card to me," Trebek Holzhauer told during the participant's last episode "It was very sweet to her." 19659002] Along with his donation, Holzhauer wrote the note "For Alex Trebek and all the other survivors."