James Holzhauer extends his Jeopardy! winning streak, inching ever so closer to Ken Jennings’ previously untouchable record.
Love him or hate him, you can’t deny that James Holzhauer is a force to be reckoned with on Jeopardy!
The professional better has been training his whole life for this moment, the time when he can put his trivia smarts to good use and make a lot of money, and make a lot of people really jealous. On May 30, Holzhauer was going for his 31st victory on Jeopardy!, and he got it.
As I mentioned in an earlier story about Jeopardy James, watching him perform on the show is like witnessing Steph Curry battle it out with a city rec league. By the first break, he was already up to $12,000, smoking his competition.
In fact, his closest challenger had just $3,200. Shameful!
If folks were looking for Jeopardy James to trip up after the break, they were going to be in for a wait in vain. In the second round, he nabbed both of the Daily Doubles, getting both answers correct. His mastery of the Daily Double has been the key to his successful run on Jeopardy!, and that mastery continued on Thursday.
By the end of the second round, Jeopardy James’ total stood at $41,612, already having this game in the bag by the time Final Jeopardy! commenced. The only way he could have blown this game is if he wagered too much, which, come on, you know he wasn’t.
Jeopardy James ended the show with $58,612, bringing his total to $2,382,583. Keep in mind, the all-time earnings record belongs to Ken Jennings, who amassed $2,520,700, but it took him 74 games to do it.
Holzhauer could do it in under 35 games, making him the true king of the iconic game show.
Somebody get Jennings a napkin, as the sweat is coming like a river now.