June 24, 2019

Man wins over $110K, breaks single-day record on ‘Jeopardy!’

10 April 2019, 09:24 | Elsie Buchanan

Man wins over $110K, breaks single-day record on ‘Jeopardy!’

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A Las Vegas professional sports gambler has shattered the single-game earnings record on Jeopardy! That's just how much money he won today.

After outdoing Roger Craig's outstanding amount on September 19, 2010, by a cool $32,000, 34-year-old Holzhauer's total winnings rose to $244,365.

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His final wager was carefully chosen so that he could end up with exactly $110,914, a number he has admitted references his daughter's birthday of November 9, 2014. Tuesday, breaking the record for single-day cash winnings.

The show says in a statement that James Holzhauer won $110,914 during the episode.

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"Is it too soon to start thinking of Ken Jennings comparisons?" asked host Alex Trebek, referring to the Jeopardy! legend who won more than $2.5 million while tallying a record 74-game winning streak in 2004. On Wednesday, he'll try to go for his fifth win. Aside from his game show exploits, Holzhauer is also a competitive bridge player and a professional sports gambler.

As Deadspin reports, contestant James Holzhauer made a big bet that paid off handsomely when he answered the Final Jeopardy! question, "Ironically, it's a metaphor, meaning a huge step forward, but this two-word process only occurs at the atomic level".

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