Last week, James Holzhauer set a new record on'Jeopardy!' for the most winnings in a single game. This week, he smashed his own record and now holds the four highest-scoring games in the show's history. He now only trails one contestant in overall winnings: Ken Jennings. You may remember Jennings as the record holder for the longest win streak (and a slew of other records). But lest you thought he was jealous of Holzhauer, Jennings is actually loving it, and offered his advice, and his excitement, about the potential of more record-shattering to come.
James Holzhauer, a professional gambler from Las Vegas, just shattered the record for the most money made in a single game of Jeopardy!, winning $110,914 in a match that aired Tuesday night. The previous record, set by computer scientist Roger Craig in 2010, was $77,000. The show put up a brief video with highlights from Holzhauer and Craig's respective winning games: Both Holzhauer and Craig won $13,000 in their Jeopardy! Craig played more conservatively in 2010; he also got both of the rounds' Daily Doubles, but bet only $7,000 and $5,000. That meant Holzhauer entered Final Jeopardy with $77,600 versus Craig's take of $47,000.
Question: Why beat up on James Holzhauer? The 35-year-old professional gambler bested his competition in his first return to the stage after winning 32 consecutive games and shattering some of the long-running show's earning records. The champion went up against fellow season winners Lindsey Shultz and Alan Dunn in the third matchup of the game show's two-week tournament. As the New York Post notes, he earned a majority of his winnings after just the first two rounds. Because of his strategy, it became clear at that point that his competitors would likely be mathematically unable to catch up by the end of the game.
What is a winner: Stu gives his take on James Holzhauer's 18-day winning streak on'Jeopardy!' Stu says it's exciting to watch Holzhauer win day after day, but a new opinion piece in'The Washington Post' calls Holzhauer a'menace'. For two months and 33 episodes of'Jeopardy!' it sure seemed like James Holzhauer knew everything. And now, he thinks he knows who will play in the next Super Bowl. Holzhauer, who won nearly $2.5 million during his historic run on the show, is a professional sports bettor and recently told NBC's Peter King he thinks Super Bowl 54 will look a lot like Super Bowl 53, with the Patriots facing off against the Rams. Holzhauer added that sports fans should be wary of hype surrounding up-and-coming teams.
But until James Holzhauer put up his $110,914 total on Tuesday, no one had done it in a single game. He did with with smarts, sure--but also with a nearly flawless command of Jeopardy! The Jeopardy! board is arranged in a grid featuring 30 total clues across six categories. You'll often see players work their way through a single category, from easiest clue to hardest--and least to most valuable--before moving on to another column and repeating the process. That's one way to play, sure, in the same way that a light jog is one way to complete an Olympic steeplechase course.