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Jeopardy! Champion James Holzhauer Surpasses the $2 Million Mark in 27th Straight Win

Jeopardy! champion James Holzhauer has finished it once more!

Following Thursday’s win, which put him inside $10,000 of the $2 million mark, Holzhauer, 34, received his 27th consecutive recreation, taking house a whopping $74,400.

The contestant from Las Vegas ended the week with $2,065,535 in whole winnings.

For his remaining query on Friday, Holzhauer answered, “What is Sun Valley?” after being given the ultimate clue: “Astronomy buffs visit Idaho for the USA’s first Dark Sky Reserve. Oddly, part of it is this resort area with a bright name.”

On the episode, Holzhauer admitted that he virtually acquired the query incorrect.

Because the time got here to share his reply, Holzhauer’s board confirmed that he had crossed out one other reply: “Las Vegas Strip.”

He defined to host Alex Trebek, “I didn’t think that was in Idaho.”

Holzhauer is one among solely three gamers to cross the $2 million mark. His newest win has introduced him near champion Ken Jenning’s report of $2.5 million.

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Jennings, 44, beforehand spoke of his admiration for Holzhauer, telling Wired, “I’ve always been on the record as believing that my streak was replicable.”

“The reason I’m so confident in that is that I was the one who did it! I was there. I know it can be done,” Jennings stated.

Whereas Jennings entered the present as an erudite pc scientist, Holzhauer has a background in skilled sports activities playing, with many Jeopardy! purists undermining Holzhauer’s run as merely a cash-grab.

Jennings got here to Holzhauer’s protection in a Sunday editorial for The Washington Submit, the place Jennings publicizes Holzhauer is “getting within spitting distance of the $2.5 million all-time cash record. All right, fine, if you insist: my all-time cash record.”

“However I rely my blessings that I personal at the least one Jeopardy! distinction that Holzhauer can’t contact: I appeared on the present earlier than the daybreak of social media. Holzhauer has been met each night time by a barrage of sizzling takes about his streak: He’s ‘broken the game.’ He’s ‘ruined the show.’ He’s ‘unfair’ to his rivals, or ‘boring’ to observe,” Jennings wrote.

James Holzhauer

James Holzhauer

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In an interview with The Washington Submit in early AprilHolzhauer defined that every giant wager that he beforehand made throughout his first few appearances on the sport present was in honor of an necessary date in his life — equivalent to “his wedding anniversary, the birthdays for his dad, nephew and daughter.”

He additionally instructed the outlet that he had dreamed of being on the present since he was a child.

“More importantly,” he instructed The Washington Submit, “I promised my expensive Granny that I would seem on Jeopardy sooner or later, and I by no means take guarantees frivolously. So right here we’re.”

Holzhauer will return to the sport on Monday to face new rivals.

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