Jeopardy Champ Trying his Luck at the World Series of Poker

I thought this guy was smart?


After a formidable run in trivia, James Holzhauer is getting back to his roots. The Jeopardy! phenom oft-described as a professional gambler is hitting Las Vegas and doing a little, well, gambling, vis a vis the World Series of Poker. As the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports, Holzhauer is set to make his debut with a pair of events on Monday: A $1,500 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty and a $1,000 buy-in Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em event with poker legend Mike Sexton, who invited Holzhauer and even ponied up his buy-ins. Don’t look for Holzhauer to be making another Jeopardy!-esque run: “I don’t have any plans to enter another WSOP event beyond those two,” Holzhauer says. 

10 Comments on Jeopardy Champ Trying his Luck at the World Series of Poker

  1. I was in a car accident a few years ago, bad enough that I went to the ER although fortunately nothing really life-threatening or lasting damage. After listening to advice from many friends I engaged an attorney I knew from the coffee shop I frequent. I knew his first name but not his last, and when he gave me his business card I googled him just out of curiosity. Then I had to redo the search with the additional -poker. He had won a World Series of Poker, over $2M, and that dominated the search.
    He did pretty well for me, got a big chunk of it himself of course but I was happy with the result.

  2. gambling is one of the vices that I have rarely embraced. I do know that you can hit big but I also know that you can lose biglyer…… Once in a while I will attend the VA derby with some friends. They always bet on trifectas and stuff but numerous times I have asked them “but who’s going to win?” 90% of the time I go with their pick to win, place or show and come out ahead of them….. When they do hit, it is for gobs of money.
    “Speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act.” Geo. Orwell

  3. Yeah….it’s gambling, but poker requires a certain level of skill to be successful as does his main job before his jeopardy gig, which was sports betting.

  4. Watching this world poker stuff is so damn boring. Jerks playing with chips, moving them, stacking them, shifting them ,stacking them again. Then constant chatter from the two assholes trying to make it all exciting. GTFOH. I have tomatoes to plant.

  5. I hope he wins, but I don’t care much for gambling. My aunt used to love to go to Louisiana to gamble, and she insisted on taking me for my birthday one year. I really didn’t want to go, but she was excited to take me, so I went. Lost about $200. I didn’t dare tell my aunt, but all I could think was, “What a waste”!

  6. I play poker twice a week at “The Club” with a bunch of old farts like myself. Nickel/Dime stuff. It’s both fun and frustrating. Sometimes we have to wake guys up to either bet, see, or get to fuck outta the game. It’s like Murphy’s game in “One Flew Over the Cookoos nest. But we’re all alive, so far. Have a great summer All at IOTW.

  7. Moe tom,

    I hear ya but that click click of the chips and the psych smack talk brings with it great memories of some seasonless summers, coolers, cards and cigars.

  8. Patio Poker. I’m glad you enjoy it. But it’s not for me. Three or four dicks just looking at each other in silence and playing with chips, is just not my cup of tea. I prefer my own game with a bunch of old vets breaking each others balls. Have a great summer.

  9. The reason why he lost on Jeopardy is because he bet against himself and lost on purpose. That’s my theory.


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