This is a great story especially as the host of "Jeopardy" Alex Trebek embarks on a very public battle with pancreatic cancer.
James Holzhauer may want to think about leaving his previous career behind. On Tuesday night, the Jeopardy contestant achieved the unthinkable when he broke the record for single-day cash winnings with a whopping $110,914. Holzhauer smashed the previous record of $77,000 out of the water with his massive win — his fourth consecutive one — which helped bring his total earnings to $244,365. What is, a boatload of money?
After walking away with $50,845 on Monday night (bringing his three-day total to $133,451), Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler, was the clear favorite going into Tuesday’s show. The Las Vegas, Nevada native more than defended his title, coming into Final Jeopardy with an astounding $72,600 compared to his opponents’ $7,000 (Sameer Rai) and $6,400 (Ariana Mikulski). Despite all three contestants getting the physics-related question correct, Rai and Mikulski simply couldn’t compete with Holzhauer’s dominating lead, and a wager of over $38,000 pushed him into record-breaking territory.
Holzhauer’s knowledge of quantum leaps left him with $110,914, the most money earned in a single game since Roger Craig won $77,000 on September 19, 2010. According to a Jeopardy representative, his daily sum has a special significance: his daughter was born on November 9, 2014, or 11/09/14. Talk about a weird coincidence.
“I said all along that I wanted to break Roger Craig’s one-game record and I did it,” said Holzhauer. On Wednesday, he’ll have a chance to beat his own record in his fifth consecutive game, a huge accomplishment for any Jeopardy contestant — regardless of their total winnings. We’ll be cheering you on from afar, Holzhauer!