James Holzhauer is destroying "Jeopardy!" He did it again Friday, collecting $79,633 and bringing his total winnings to $2,462,216. 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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$59,484 – that’s how much more money James Holzhauer needs to win on “Jeopardy!” to become the show’s all-time leader in winnings. Holzhauer, a 34-year-old Las Vegas sports bettor, cruised to his 32nd straight victory Friday, winning $79,633 to bring his total to $2,462,216. Past champion Ken Jennings is No. 1 on show’s all-time, regular-play winnings list. Jennings won $2,520,700 during a 74-game winning streak in 2004. Holzhauer is on pace to break his record in just 33 games.
Total won: $2,462,216
Average per win: $76,944
By the numbers
Stats courtesy of thejeopardyfan.com:
• Through 32 appearances, Holzhauer ranks second on the show's all-time regular-play winnings list with $2,462,216.
• In those 32 shows, Holzhauer has 1,160 correct and 36 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.