James Holzhauer took down the competition over 32 episodes of Jeopardy, and now he has his sights set on the World Series of Poker. He’ll be taking part in several events of the WSOP, and plans to donate half of any winnings – just like he did with his Jeopardy prize. So far, $250 is going to charity.
He has busted out of both the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Super Turbo and $1,000 Tag Team No Limit Hold’em event with his partner Mike Sexton, but there is also the chance that he may buy in to more events and try his luck again.
Holzhauer’s WSOP Strategy
Holzhauer adopted a pretty interesting strategy when it came to collecting win after win on Jeopardy, but his WSOP tactics are a little laxer.
“Honestly, my poker skills are so rusty that my main goal is to get lucky,” he says.
He hasn’t played poker for about eight years, since the UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act) came into law. So, he acknowledges that he’s a little bit out of practice, but he did get a few lessons from Sexton before getting started.
It seems that the pair didn’t last very long in the tag team event. Our first update from Team Sexton came at 5:09PM when they entered the tournament, and their second mention was at 11:47PM when it turned out that they had 0 chips left.
Holzhauer decided to get involved in the WSOP action after receiving an invite from Sexton. The poker legend offered to cover Holzhauer’s buy-ins and be his partner for the tag team event. Sexton even extended him an invitation to the $10,000 partypoker Millions Main Event in the Bahamas later this year.
Winnings to Go to Student Charity
Having busted out of both tournaments that he registered for, Holzhauzer has yet to announce anther WSOP events that he plans to take part in. We’d like to see him in at least a couple more, as his promise to donate to charity is a great motivation for taking part in this tournament.
— James Holzhauer (@James_Holzhauer) June 24, 2019
Project 150 is a charity that supports disadvantaged high school students. The organization is current serving over 6,000 students in Nevada by providing them with clothing, school supplies and food.
Holzhauer is well-known for his charitable spirit. After winning over $2.4 million on Jeopardy, he pledged $1,109.14 to the 2019 Naperville Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk. He and his wife also wrote a $10,000 check to the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Foundation in support of early learning and homework help services.
I’m going to keep my eye on Holzhauer in the World Series of Poker. He has not yet registered for any more events, but it would be great to see him try again and earn some winnings for Project 150, as it is such a worthy cause that benefits so many students across Nevada.