Jeop­ardy! champ play­ing in World Series of Poker

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LAS VE­GAS — Jeop­ardy! cham­pion and pro­fes­sional sports gambler James Holzhauer made his World Series of Poker de­but on Mon­day, with plans to do­nate half his win­nings to char­ity.

Holzhauer was com­pet­ing in a No-Limit Hold’em event and planned to part­ner later in the day with Poker Hall of Famer Mike Sex­ton in an­other con­test, said tour­na­ment spokesman Seth Palan­sky.

Holzhauer told tour­na­ment of­fi­cials he planned to do­nate win­nings to a Las Ve­gas non-profit for home­less, dis­placed and dis­ad­van­taged high school stu­dents, called Project 150.

Holzhauer played on­line poker semi-pro­fes­sion­ally in the early 2000s, but makes a liv­ing now with sports bet­ting.

He be­came a celebrity dur­ing a 32-game Jeop­ardy! win streak, earn­ing more than $2.4 mil­lion be­fore los­ing in early June. He ended his run a lit­tle more than $58,000 shy of the over­all earn­ings record set by Ken Jen­nings, who won 74 games in 2004.

Holzhauer left with the 16 high­est one-day scores in the show’s his­tory. He has taken part in sev­eral events in Las Ve­gas in re­cent weeks, and do­nated $10,000 in May to Project 150. He and his wife Melissa also con­tributed $10,000 to a dif­fer­ent non­profit school dropout pre­ven­tion pro­gram called Com­mu­ni­ties In Schools of Ne­vada.

Holzhauer made a re­cent do­na­tion of about $1,100 in Jeop­ardy! host Alex Tre­bek’s name to a pan­cre­atic can­cer walk in Holzhauer’s home­town, Naperville, Ill.

Tre­bek, 78, an­nounced ear­lier this year that he was be­ing treated for ad­vanced pan­cre­atic can­cer and said last month that doc­tors told him he’s in “near re­mis­sion.”


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