Jeopardy!' Champ Breaks Another Record After His 24th Win in a Row

Ra'eesah Manack
May 22, 2019
05:07 P.M.

James Holzhauer is on a winning streak but that's not his only achievement. He has completely changed how the game is played.


Trivia all-star James Holzhauer bagged another $86,905 on Tuesday. The win marked his 24th consecutive win on “Jeopardy!,” and brought his grand total to $1,867,142.

Holzhauer now has the highest per-game average in the history of “Jeopardy!” The show has been on the air for nearly 50 years.


“James could not be caught — what else is new?” exclaimed the host Alex Trebek.

The 34-year-old pro gambler already surpassed contestant Roger Craig whose held the single-day record back in 2010 with $77,000. Holzhauer bested Craig on April 9 with a win of $110,914 in one game.


Holzhauer then went on to break his own record on April 17 with $131,127. His current streak means he is now averaging higher than Craig’s old record with nearly $78,000 per game.

"For any real ‘Jeopardy!’ fan, this streak is something special."


There is only one other person who has earned higher than Holzhauer. Computer scientist, Ken Jennings took home over $2.5 million after a 74-game winning streak in 2004.

He is currently the highest earner. Earlier this week, Jennings penned an op-ed in The Washington Post showing his support for Holzhauer.


Holzhauer had been receiving some criticism from “Jeopardy!” fans. Some claimed he was making the game show too boring to watch.

“I’m the only person alive who knows firsthand how difficult it is to do what Holzhauer is doing, and that’s why I’m rooting him on,” Jennings said. “I may hold a bunch of ‘Jeopardy!’ records, but at heart, I’m just a fan of the show. And for any real ‘Jeopardy!’ fan, this streak is something special.”

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