James Holzhauer Gets Impressive 26th ‘Jeopardy!’ Win after Facing His Toughest Challenge Yet

Bettina Dizon
May 24, 2019
11:49 P.M.
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“Jeopardy” contestant and champion James Holzhauer wins his 26th round accumulating almost $2 million on the show.


James Holzhauer faced his most difficult game on Thursday evening’s episode of “Jeopardy” as Nevada’s professional gambler faced New York’s technology consultant, Nate Scheffey, but still made it through with a total earning of $1,991,135. 

“Our current champion, James, is averaging more than $77,000 per show. Every. Day. Scary stuff. The gentlemen have owned the game, [but] the game is not over yet. It’s not a runaway for a change,” says host Alex Trebek.


It was a nerve-racking moment for everyone at the studio, until Scheffey lost the Daily Double game, leaving him with only $25,800 in the Final Jeopardy segment.

In three-quarters, Holzhauer will be challenging 2004’s Ken Jennings epic run who withstood 74 games unbeaten and taking $2,520,700 -- only $530,000 away from Holzhauer.


Trebek, “Jeopardy’s” host for the longest time, witnessed Holzhauer’s rise to fame with his brilliance and knowledge of a variety of topics. Last month,  the host announced a return in September for the taping of the show, amid his cancer battle.

“Despite what you might have heard I’m feeling good; I’m continuing with my therapy… I look forward to seeing you again in September with all kinds of good stuff,” he said on a video.


Trebek was diagnosed with stage-4 pancreatic cancer, which he remains open about with much optimism and hope. Fans and colleagues continuously reach out to him with words of kindness, support, and encouragement, which he grateful for and “touched beyond words.”

“Jeopardy’s” success could be credited to Trebek’s hosting skills and significant role in creating an exciting and positive atmosphere in the show, which seeks to emphasize thinking minds among contestants and learning among the audience excitingly.