Holzhauer is 2nd ever to cross $2M on ‘Jeopardy!’

James Holzhauer reached one other “Jeopardy!” milestone throughout Friday’s episode, changing into the second contestant ever to eclipse $2 million in regular-play winnings.

Holzhauer, a 34-year-old sports activities bettor from Las Vegas, cruised to his 27th straight win Friday, racking up $74,400 to push his total winnings to $2,065,535.

In 2004, Ken Jennings gained $2,520,700 throughout a 74-game successful streak. Holzhauer is on tempo to catch Jennings in simply six extra episodes.

Holzhauer survived an in depth name Thursday in a recreation that got here all the way down to a decisive Remaining Jeopardy! He did not have a lot of a sweat Friday. He completed the opening spherical with $24,600, a present report.

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Holzhauer had $39,400 heading into Remaining Jeopardy! and was means out of vary of the opposite opponents. Susan Waller, a faculty administrator from Chester, Pennsylvania, was in second place heading into Remaining Jeopardy! with $1,800.

Holzhauer risked $35,000 on Remaining Jeopardy! and accurately responded to the clue, “Astronomy buffs go to Idaho for the USA’s first darkish sky reserve; oddly a part of it’s this resort space with a vivid title” with “What’s Solar Valley?”

As a joke, he wrote Las Vegas Strip with a strike-though over it, subsequent to his right response, which despatched him over the $2 million mark.

“It sounds a little bit cheeky,” Holzhauer instructed ESPN in an electronic mail Friday, “however spherical numbers do not imply that a lot to me. I may have guess nothing-or even 30 thousand as a substitute of 35-in right this moment’s Remaining Jeopardy and assured hitting that milestone, however I wasn’t keen to throw away a lot anticipated worth so as to take action.”

Holzhauer, who grew up Illinois as a diehard fan of Chicago groups, has captured the eye of the sports activities world. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has tweeted about him, and executives for a number of Main League Baseball groups have publicly expressed curiosity in Holzhauer.

“My first thought once I noticed him,” Oakland Athletics vp of baseball operations Billy Beane instructed The Washington Submit, “was: We’ve to get this man in baseball.”

Throughout banter with “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek throughout Friday’s episode, Holzhauer mentioned he had at all times been serious about operating a baseball group, however added that dream was earlier than he knew “Jeopardy!” contestant may very well be a worthwhile profession.

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