A professional gambler has been demolishing records on “Jeopardy!”
James Holzhauer has already won more than $1 million in just 14 games. It took “Jeopardy!” legend Ken Jennings more than twice as long to pass the million-dollar mark.
On April 9, Holzhauer broke the record for the most money won in a single game of “Jeopardy!,” which was $110,914. He beat his own record a week later, winning $131,127 in a single game. He now holds the top seven spots for most single-day winnings in “Jeopardy!” history.
Holzhauer won the prize money so quickly by making he wagers in the game’s Double Jeopardy and Final Jeopardy rounds. He works as a professional sports gambler in Las Vegas, so he’s used to betting big.
In 2004, Jennings earned approximately $2.5 million over the course of his 74-game winning streak. At the rate Holzhauer is winning money, he could beat Jenning’s earning record in less than half that time.
Jennings tweeted about his own wagering strategy once Holzhauer started making the news, stating, “I don’t feel I get enough credit for making small, sensible Jeopardy wagers, which helped the show with its prize budget.”
Holzhauer has a long way to go before he outperforms Jenning’s legendary streak but he might win millions before that.