James Holzhauer is destroying "Jeopardy!" He did it again Thursday, collecting $52,108 and bringing his total winnings to $1,991,135. 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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Las Vegas sports bettor and “Jeopardy!” champion James Holzhauer found himself in two unusual positions during Thursday’s episode. He trailed after the first round and entered the final question in jeopardy of being caught. Holzhauer prevailed, though, besting New York technology consultant Nate Scheffey by $16,308 to win his 26th consecutive game. Scheffey had $10,200 after the first round, while Holzhauer had $6,600. It was the first time Holzhauer had trailed after the first round since the April 15th episode, his eighth game. Holzhauer took the lead in the second round and went into Final Jeopardy with $31,200, slightly ahead of Scheffey with $25,800. Holzhauer wagered $20,908 on Final Jeopardy, while Scheffey wagered just $10,000. Both contestants responded correctly to the clue, “In one account, this song began as directions written out for composer Billy Strayhorn to Duke Ellington’s home in Harlem,” with “Take the A-Train.” After the final results were revealed, Holzhauer let out an exaggerated sigh of relief and panned wiping the sweat off his brow. He has won $1,991,135 during his run, the second-most ever for regular-play in the show’s 35 seasons.
Total won: $1,991,135
Average per win: $76,582
By the numbers
Stats courtesy of thejeopardyfan.com:
• Through 26 appearances, Holzhauer ranks second on the show's all-time regular-play winnings list with $1,991,135.
• In those 26 shows, Holzhauer has 939 correct and 29 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.