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‘Jeopardy!’ champ James Holzhauer speaks on those who don’t like his style

James Holzhauer told The Washington Post that he knows there are viewers who don’t like his style of placing big bets and his continued winning.

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This file image made from video and provided by Jeopardy Productions, Inc. shows "Jeopardy!" contestant James Holzhauer on an episode that aired on April 17, 2019.

This file image made from video and provided by Jeopardy Productions, Inc. shows “Jeopardy!” contestant James Holzhauer on an episode that aired on April 17, 2019. On his 14th appearance Tuesday, April 23, 2019, Holzhauer eclipsed the $1 million mark in winnings.

Carol Kaelson, Jeopardy Productions, Inc. via Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — “Jeopardy!” champion James Holzhauer says he knows people might not like his style, but he knows producers don’t care.

James Holzhauer told The Washington Post that he knows there are viewers who don’t like his style of placing big bets and his continued winning. But, he said, the ratings for the show speak for themselves.

  • “There’s definitely some people who don’t like the product they’re seeing on screen right now,” he said. “But I don’t think the producers are complaining.”

Holzhauer has won more than $1.6 million in his 22 games on the show, which I wrote about for the Deseret News.

Holzhauer’s strategy includes making wicked big wagers on Daily Doubles to grow his lead to the point where his opponents can’t catch up to him, Uproxx notes. However, Holzhauer’s strategy can prove difficult, especially if he fails on the Daily Doubles, because then he will lose more money.

Holzhauer hasn’t always had large victories. For his 18th win, Holzhauer only won by $18, which put his then-17-game winning streak at risk, which I wrote about for the Deseret News.

Holzhauer has skyrocketed into popularity with his victories. Multiple MLB teams — including the Boston Red Sox and Oakland A’s — are interested in bringing him into their offices, which I wrote about for the Deseret News. Holzhauer, who has always dreamed of working in the MLB, appeared on the MLB Network earlier this week.