Jeopardy GOAT – James Holzhauer Jeopardy Contestant Breaks Records

Are you not a Jeopardy fan? Neither do I, but I was glued to my TV watching what could be the best player in the history of the game show. James Holzhauer is a name you need to learn because he’s obliterating every record established and with a 10 day-winning run, he’s not done yet. Holzhauer is not the common everyday Joe that happens to have a lot of knowledge. He’s a professional bettor dominating Jeopardy. It includes him becoming the first ever participant to have won more than $100K in a day, with $110,914 on the episode that aired on Tuesday.

Jeopardy GOAT - James Holzhauer Jeopardy Contestant Breaks RecordJames did it again on Wednesday, absolutely destroying his own record winning $131,127 to gain his total up to $697,787 in winnings. Holzhauer is on rolling on the 10th day of Jeopardy and now is aiming for the total record of past champion Ken Jennings, who won more than $2.5 million during a 74-game winning streak in 2004. During every Jeopardy promotional video before the episode, Alex Trebek shows up saying, “Records are meant to be broken. Is it too soon to begin making comparisons with Ken Jennings?” The show producers know they have a potential record-breaking player in their hand.

James Holzhauer is not only a regular sports betting fan, but he has a bachelor’s degree in math earned in 2005 from the University of Illinois. “I’m proud that I’ve found success in many different fields of sports betting, but the most important thing about my work is the freedom it gives me to travel and spend time with my family, which I would never have a 9-5 — although maybe not on a college football Saturday,” said Holzhauer during Jeopardy.

Single Day Records for James Holzhauer

Holzhauer became only the 13th participant in the history to have gotten over 300 correct answers, which by many fans are denominated as the “300’s Club”. He also owns the Top 4 Single Day winnings on Jeopardy.

  • $131,127
  • $110,914
  • $106,181
  • $89,158

For those watching Jeopardy, James Holzhauer has become an icon. He plays an aggressive style, backed up by knowledge and math probabilities. For example, he had $71,000 in winnings and bet $60,000 in the last jeopardy of Wednesday’s show. Holzhauer starts every game on the bottom with the most “expensive” clues while taking out the Daily Doubles in the process. Watching his fellow competitors stand around looking thunderstruck.

“I would look at Daily Double wagering. What can I do that’s a little ahead of the curve? Is it better to build up your score first or try to find the Daily Double right away so no one else can have it?”, Holzhauer explained in an interview with the site Vulture. James also confessed he uses the children’s section of the library to get a base of knowledge of every subject. Yeah, I didn’t get either.

Several of the Jeopardy fans want a showcase between James Holzhauer and the ultimate champion Ken Jennings. Imagine if Jeopardy runs with this idea. This would be the Super Bowl of the show. If you ask me, I think the producers are trying to build up the persona of Holzhauer and getting to be a mainstream name in popular culture, and then set up a possible battle against Jennings. What I do know is James’s run is not over yet.

We will keep you updated.

Lukasz Soze

Lukasz was born in Las Vegas, the center of US sports betting. He is a sports aficionado with great insight into motorsports like F1 and MotoGP as well as NHL hockey.

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