After an impressive run on "Jeopardy !," professional athlete James Holzhauer made a less than stellar performance on his debut at the World Series of Poker.
Woodcutter ranked 454th out of more than 1,800 participants in a no-limit Hold'em event, spokesman Seth Palansky told The Associated Press. The buy-in was $ 1,500, and Holzhauer did not reach the top 281 places, which could gain shares worth around $ 2.5 million in a $ 1,000 buy-in tag team No-Limit Hold & # 39; em tournament. Sexton started playing for both.
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Holzhauer told tournament directors he plans to donate half of all profits to Las Las Vegas is a nonprofit organization for homeless, displaced and disadvantaged high school students Project 1
Holzhauer played semi-professional online poker in the early 2000s, but now earns his living in sports betting.
He became a prominent winner with 32 consecutive wins. " Danger!" Play and Rake in more than $ 2.4 million before losing in early June. He finished his run just over 58,000 US dollars behind the overall winning record of Ken Jennings, who won 74 games in 2004.
Holzhauer scored the 16 highest one-day scores in the history of the show.
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He's attended several events in Las Vegas in recent weeks and donated $ 10,000 to Project 150 in May. His wife Melissa also donated $ 10,000 for another community-based non-profit outreach program called "Communities In Schools of Nevada."
Holzhauer recently donated around $ 1,100 for "Jeopardy!" Alex Trebek's name for a pancreatic cancer hike in Holzhauer's hometown of Naperville, Illinois.
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Trebek, 78, announced earlier this year that he will be treated for advanced pancreatic cancer. He said last month that the doctors told him he was in "near-remission".
The Associated Press Contributed to This Report