When Will 'Jeopardy!' Champ James Holzhauer Break Ken Jennings' Record?

In just 14 games, current Jeopardy! champion James Holzhauer became the long-running quiz show's newest million-dollar man Tuesday, with a total of $1,061,554 in winnings.

"Despite what The Social Network says, $1 million felt really cool," said Holzhauer in the show's press release.

The only person to win more than $1 million in regular-season games is 2004 champion Ken Jennings, who won $2.5 million over the course of 74 games. As of Monday, host Alex Trebek states that Holzhauer's average single-day winnings are $71,000.

If the 34-year-old continues at that pace, Holzhauer can claim Jennings' record in a total of 35 games, at most.

The Las Vegas sports bettor is known for easily taking control of the game board and for risking huge sums of money during the Daily Doubles, which Jennings commented on via Twitter: "This is absolutely insane. I've always wanted to see someone try Jeopardy! wagering this way who had the skills to back it up."

James Holzhauer on 'Jeopardy!'
James Holzhauer became Jeopardy's newest Million Dollar Man on April 23, 2019. Jeopardy Productions, Inc.

"I am in awe of Ken Jennings's accomplishments, as all Jeopardy! fans are. Simply being compared to him is an honor," Holzhauer told Newsweek. "It's interesting to hear his take on the big gambles because he was notably conservative with his own wagers 15 years ago. Of course, if I had every game on cruise control as he did, I might have done the same."

"I had dreamed of appearing on Jeopardy! since childhood," he added. "Until I had a family of my own, it had been my biggest life goal."

Jeopardy! is not the first game show that Holzhauer—who grew up in Naperville, Illinois—has appeared on. In 2014, he was a contestant on an episode of The Chase, putting in a strong performance, which he said prepared him well for his latest success.

He also appeared on the show 500 Questions in 2015. Aside from his game show exploits, Holzhauer is also a competitive bridge player and a professional sports gambler.

"In a way, sports betting is like a big game of The Price Is Right: just like I'd pay $3 for a Coke Zero but not $4, I'd lay three points on the Bears-Packers point spread but not four," Holzhauer told Newsweek. "I love that the betting market gives you a way to put your opinion to the test."

Find out if Holzhauer has what it takes to claim Jennings' title when Jeopardy! airs weekdays at 7 p.m. ET on ABC.

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