Jeopardy! Champion Breaks His Own Single-Day Winnings Record
By Bill Galluccio
April 18, 2019
It took just eight days for James Holzhauer's single-day winnings record on Jeopardy! to be broken. On Wednesday (April 17) night, Holzhauer broke his own record winning $131,127 as he won for the tenth straight time.
Holzhauer set the record by going 40 for 40 on questions in the first two rounds, giving him a commanding lead heading into Final Jeopardy. He wagered $60,013 on the final category and nailed the question, even adding "This is for you Granny <3" to the end of his written response.
When the professional gambler first appeared on the show, he set a goal of breaking Roger Craig’s one-game winnings record, which was established on September 19, 2010, when he took home $77,000.
“I said all along that I wanted to break Roger Craig’s one-game record and I did it,” Holzhauer said in a press release after he set the record for the first time.
Holzhauer has won a total of $697,787 during his ten-game winning streak, but still has a ways to go if he wants to hold the all-time Jeopardy! winnings record. That title currently belongs to Ken Jennings who won over $2.5 million during his 74-game winning streak in 2004. At his current pace, Holzhauer could set that record in 36 games.