SALT LAKE CITY — “Jeopardy!” contestant James Holzhauer broke another record on Wednesday … his own.
Holzhauer beat the single-game winnings record that he set last week after he won $131,127 on Wednesday night, which was what he earned in his 10th-straight win, USA Today reports.
Holzhauer won $110,914 on April 9, which easily defeated the previous single-day record of $77,000 that was notched back in September 2010, which I wrote about for the Deseret News. The number had a special meaning for Holzhauer since those numbers — 11/09/14 — is his daughter’s birthday.
Holzhauer now holds $697,787 in total winnings. He sits only behind Ken Jennings, according to an official tweet from“Jeopardy!”
Holzhauer told Vulture that he appreciates the comparison.
- “All of these comparisons are an honor. I play the game very differently than Ken does. If you look at his statistics, he was a much more dominant player on the buzzer than I could ever hope to be. So I needed to play the game differently than he does to achieve the same results, if that makes sense. I created my approach to the game by myself, but I definitely see some similarities between me and champions who have come in the past. It’s a credit to them that they had this stuff figured out before I did.”
Jennings, who is a BYU graduate, debuted on the show in 2004 and won 74-straight games en route to a $2,520,700 total winnings, according to the “Jeopardy!” website. Woof.
Jennings recently offered tips to the Deseret News about taking a “Jeopardy!” online test, which could help fans earn a place on the show.