Jeopardy! Contestant James Holzhauer Wins 14th Game and Brings Total Earnings to $1,061,554
"$1 million felt really cool," James Holzhauer said
Fourteen wins and counting!
Jeopardy! audiences were shocked and amazed as they watched contestant James Holzhauer win big (again) during Tuesday’s episode of the long-running game show.
Holzhauer, a 34-year-old professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, Nevada, won for the 14th time on the Alex Trebek-hosted program and brought his total winnings to $1,061,554.
“Despite what The Social Network says, $1 million felt really cool,” Holzhauer said in a press release.
He became the second person in the show’s history to earn more than $1 million in regular-season (non-tournament) play. Ken Jennings is the only other contestant to earn more than $1 million in regular-season games; his 74-game streak raked in $2,520,700.
Holzhauer is now in fourth place on the all-time Jeopardy! consecutive wins list, falling behind Jennings (74 wins), Julia Collins (20 wins) and David Madden (19 wins).
He’ll next compete on Wednesday’s episode.
On a previous episode, Holzhauer revealed that his father also had a knack for trivia.
“James Holzhauer from Las Vegas, he’s our champion. Everybody has been very impressed watching you as the champ on the program,” said Trebek, 78. “But you were very impressed by your father’s skills with crossword puzzles, until …”
“Well, so my dad while growing up could always solve the whole New York Times crossword, and I was like, ‘That’s amazing. I wanna be that smart when I am old.’ And then when I was an adult, he confessed to me that he would look up all the pop culture answers because he uh, you know, he didn’t bother with that sort of trashy knowledge. But he told me he did memorize some of the ones that come up often, like rap star Dr. Dree,” he said with a laugh.
Jeopardy! airs weekdays (check local listings).