James Holzhauer, the Jeopardy! champion who dominated the game show most of 2019, popped back up on television on Tuesday night in an unexpected place. He appeared on ESPN's World Series of Poker broadcast to provide some commentary as the tournament enters its later stages.
I’ll be joining ESPN’s broadcast team for the #WSOP at 9:30e/6:30p— James Holzhauer (@James_Holzhauer) July 17, 2019
We have a special guest joining the commentary team right now. https://t.co/FvNVBrPfVO— WSOP (@WSOP) July 17, 2019
Holzhauer, who earned more than $2 million on the Alex Trebek-hosted show, amassed a decent sized fan base while appearing on Jeopardy!, and they were quite surprised to see him on during the championship show.
His appearance drew an amount of attention on Twitter when he showed up, and his fans also took to the replies of his tweet announcing the appearance to react.
Tuning in now!!! Thanks for the heads up!— Andre (@Andre2570) July 17, 2019
One of my friends compared you to Micheal Jordan the other day.
Slightly disrespectful in my opinion, Micheal Jordan not on your level.— Kevin Martin (@KevinRobMartin) July 17, 2019
They bring in @James_Holzhauer right as the poker action just explodes lol— Schu (@tschubauer) July 17, 2019
Holzhauer himself actually competed in the WSOP himself, as the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. However, his attempt was far less successful than his run on Jeopardy!.
After entering the $1,500 buy-in contest, which is held at the Rio Convention Center in Las Vegas, he did win his first hand. However, he was eliminated six hours later after botching back-to-back hands. He amassed $86,000 in chips, but lost $75,000 of it when his opponent went all-in and ended up winning with three-of-a-kind. The next hand saw him go all-in all-in with a king-jack hand, while his opponent had king-10. A 10 popped up on the board, leading to a Holzhauer loss.
“You know, that’s poker,” Holzhauer said of his 454th place (out of more than 1,800) finish.
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