James Holzhauer is destroying "Jeopardy!" He did it again Wednesday, collecting $71,885 and bringing his total winnings to $1,939,027. Remember, Holzhauer had crushed the one-day record when he won $110,914. Then he topped his own record with a $131,127 game. The previous record was $77,000. Why does ESPN care? Because Holzhauer is a respected professional sports bettor, a former math major who took his chops to Las Vegas. Alex Trebek is impressed, and so are we. We'll track this 'til the end.
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James Hozhauer’s streak on “Jeopardy!” ended Wednesday – he missed a question. Holzhauer had heard 265 clues without giving an incorrect response, before missing in the Double Jeopardy! round in Wednesday’s episode. It didn’t prevent him from extending his most important streak, though: Holzhauer won his 25th consecutive game with $71,885. The 34-year-old Las Vegas sports bettor has won $1,939,027 during his historic run and is closing in on the show’s all-time, regular-play winnings mark of $2,520,700, set by past champion Ken Jennings during a 74-game winning streak in 2004.
Total won: $1,939,027
Average per win: $77,561
By the numbers
Stats courtesy of thejeopardyfan.com:
• Through 25 appearances, Holzhauer ranks second on the show's all-time regular-play winnings list with $1,939,027.
• In those 25 shows, Holzhauer has 912 correct and 28 incorrect responses.
• On the episode that aired April 9, the third day of Holzhauer's run, he won $110,914, the most on a single day in the show's 35-year history.
• According to thejeopardyfan.com, a site dedicated to the show and respected by "Jeopardy!" enthusiasts, only four contestants -- Ken Jennings, Matt Jackson, Roger Craig and Austin Rogers -- have earned more than $100,000 on Daily Doubles during their appearances. In his first five days, Holzhauer earned $218,199 on Daily Doubles.
I don't feel I get enough credit for making small, sensible Jeopardy wagers, which helped the show with its prize budget.— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) April 23, 2019
i get to jeopardy nine minutes in and the cyborg has $6,600.— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) April 17, 2019
of course this cyborg on jeopardy is a sports gambler.— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) April 10, 2019
Holzhauer credits his success on "Jeopardy!" to great buzzing skills
"Jeopardy!" contestant and professional sports bettor James Holzhauer joins SVP to break down his success on the show.