James Holzhauer is destroying "Jeopardy!" He did it again Friday, collecting $74,400 and bringing his total winnings to $2,065,535. 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 Holzhauer reached another "Jeopardy!" milestone during Friday's episode, becoming the second contestant ever to eclipse $2 million in regular-play winnings. Holzhauer, a 34-year-old sports bettor from Las Vegas, cruised to his 27th straight win Friday, racking up $74,400 to push his overall winnings to $2,065,535. In 2004, Ken Jennings won $2,520,700 during a 74-game winning streak. Holzhauer is on pace to catch Jennings in just six more episodes.
Total won: $2,065,535
Average per win: $76,501
By the numbers
Stats courtesy of thejeopardyfan.com:
• Through 27 appearances, Holzhauer ranks second on the show's all-time regular-play winnings list with $2,065,535.
• In those 27 shows, Holzhauer has 977 correct and 31 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.