'Jeopardy!' James Holzhauer reaches new winnings milestone

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CULVER CITY, Calif. — James Holzhauer is barreling nearer to Ken Jennings’ all-time report for “Jeopardy!” winnings, reaching a brand new milestone Friday on the present’s 8,000th episode.

Holzhauer, 34, gained $74,400 on Friday to surpass the $2 million mark. His general winnings, as of his 27th recreation on Friday, are $2,065,535. Holzhauer returns to face new opponents on Monday, Might 27.

Holzhauer is considered one of solely three gamers to cross the $2 million mark. Jennings earned $2,520,700 over the course of 74 video games in 2004 and nonetheless holds the report for highest winnings throughout a daily season.

Holzhauer additionally holds the highest 10 data for winnings in a single recreation. The skilled gambler from Las Vegas is fast on his toes and fast with the buzzer, shows a rare breadth of data and – true to his occupation – is cold-blooded in his willingness to threat huge sums of cash.

His technique is to start video games with the highest-value clues, hoping to shortly construct winnings and land on the one “Every day Double” within the first spherical. When he does, he often bets all the things, punctuating it with a movement that makes it seem to be he is pushing in all his chips. If he is fallacious, there’s sufficient time to earn more cash. However he is hardly ever fallacious.

The 2 “Every day Doubles” within the recreation’s second spherical are additionally coveted. He does not wager all the things then, however he places loads on the road.

The report for the best general winnings is held by Brad Rutter, who gained $4,688,436. Rutter’s “Jeopardy!” windfall contains winnings from the common season in addition to a number of tournaments.

The Related Press contributed to this report.