‘Jeopardy!’ Champ James Holzhauer Tanks in World Series of Poker: ‘Try Not to Suck’

June 25, 2019

Looks like ‘Jeopardy!’ champion James Holzhauer’s luck has run out. Just weeks after finishing out his winning streak on the popular game show, Holzhauer tried his hand at the World Series of Poker where he left empty-handed. 

On Monday, Holzhauer showed up for his WSOP debut. The buy-in was $1,500, and he finished in 454th place out of 1,800 participants. This means that he didn’t hit the mark to be one of the first 281 finishers to win a share of $2.5 million. 

I'll take "Super Turbo Bounty" for $1,500, Alex #WSOP #WSOP50 #poker Photo: Joe Giron

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He went on to play a second poker event of the day where he went up against Poker Hall of Famer Mike Sexton in a Tag-Team, No-Limit Hold’em tournament. Buy-in was $1,000. 

While Holzhauer ran out of money before walking away with any earnings, he announced that he planned to give half of anything he earned in yesterday’s matches to a Las Vegas non-profit benefiting the homeless.  

James Holzhauer is bringing his "all-in" style of play to the felt tomorrow at the World Series of Poker. The second winningest contestant in @jeopardy history is playing in both the $1,500 NLH Super Turbo Bounty and the $1,000 Tag Team NLH. James will be teaming up with PHOF inductee Mike Sexton and is pledging 50% of his winnings to charity. Come out to @riovegas and support the Las Vegas native! #wsop #wsop50 #poker

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He even took to Twitter leading up to his WSOP debut with cheeky comments like "try not to suck." 

Holzhauer’s experience is in sports betting, but he had a brief online poker stint in the early 2000s when he competed semi-professionally. 

Even though the ‘Jeopardy!’ champ didn’t manage to rake it in with his poker skills, his buy-in prices didn’t even make a dent in the cash he brought in through his trivia skills. 

His 32-game winning streak landed him just over $2.4 miillion before losing to Emma Boettcher on a low wager on June 3rd