Danger! champion James Holzhauer remains a force of nature, wins Wednesday night's competition and brings his total earnings to $ 1,135,175.
Holzhauer, 34, is only the second person in the show's 35-year history to win more than $ 1 million.
And now many think, including host Alex Trebek, that the professional sports gambler in Las Vegas has a real chance to beat Ken Jennings' $ 2.5 million record.
To make Holzhauer's performance even more incredible is the fact that he reached the $ 1 million mark in just 15 games.
Jeopardy champion James Holzhauer remains a force of nature, wins Wednesday night and brings his total income to $ 1,135,175
It took Jennings 33 games to reach $ 1 million in 2004 and 74 games to earn $ 2.5 million.
Holzhauer now claims the seven best one-day scores in the history of the game show, which has been broadcast since 1984.
The professional gambler owes his incredible success to his experience as a sports gambler in Sin City.
Holzhauer's strategy is rarely seen on the show. Instead of going from top to bottom in a category, he selects the questions with which he could earn the most money.
This allows him to win big if he finds the Daily Double, which he almost always does.
& # 39; You can make a comparison with sports betting or poker tournaments & # 39 ;, he told the New York Times this week.
Holzhauer is only the second person in the 35-year history of the show to win more than $ 1 million
And now many believe, including host Alex Trebek, that the professional sports gambler in Las Vegas has a real chance to beat Ken Jennings & $ 39 million record
& # 39; It has great advantages to have a lot of chips early in a poker tournament. You can make plays that other people cannot. & # 39;
& # 39; Hitting a Daily Double on the first prompt is nice, I think, but you can do much more damage if you already have $ 5,000 in front of you. & # 39;
Holzhauer said he had planned his strategy from the start, but only deviated from it if the category is a category he is not familiar with – such as the US Senate.
Eddie Timanus, a five-fold Jeopardy! champion in 1999 (photo), said Holzhauer & # 39; s approach to the board makes him a & # 39; real game-changer & # 39; before the show
& # 39; You can see it as soon as I have control of the board in the first game. I'm going for the $ 1000 directions when I get the chance & # 39 ;, he added.
Eddie Timanus, a five-fold Jeopardy! champion in 1999, said Holzhauer & # 39; s approach to the board makes him a & # 39; real game-changer & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Holzhauer first cleared the indications of the big dollar, & # 39; Timanus told USA Today. & # 39; Thanks to his ability to consistently enter first and rarely miss, he has usually built up a substantial total by the time he reveals a Daily Double. & # 39;
Hij He finds most of them because he can maintain control over the board for a long time and, as we have seen, he is not afraid to gamble big. That is how he has been able to collect scores that were unprecedented in the show's history. & # 39;
& # 39; A sports gambler indeed, but perhaps betting in itself is the safest bet of all. & # 39;
Holzhauer credits his career with helping & # 39; desensitize & # 39; him when it comes to making big bets.
& # 39; The fact that I always win and lose money helps make me insensitive so that I can write down $ 60,000 as the last chance to gamble and not shake at the thought of losing that money, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; You must be comfortable. Some of the opponents that I have played, you can see that they are visibly shocked by what is happening on stage. You won't play well if you vibrate up there. & # 39;
Holzhauer now claims the seven best one-day scores in the history of the game show that has been broadcast since 1984. He is seen on the left on April 9 and exactly on April 12
Holzhauer credits his career with helping & # 39; desensitize & # 39; him when it comes to making big bets on the show. It is seen on the left on April 16 and exactly on April 17
& # 39; And if you let yourself tremble by playing more aggressively than you like, that's so much worse. & # 39;
& # 39; Number one ensures that you are in your comfort zone, & # 39; he added. & # 39; My comfort zone is very different from the typical participant. I think that's a huge advantage for me. & # 39;
But Holzhauer said the biggest factor for his success is his power with the buzzer.
And the statistics show that, according to Timanus, Holzhauer is an unprecedented master in buzzing.
& # 39; Holzhauer successfully called in the first place almost 57 percent of the time through his first 14 wins, & # 39; he added.
& # 39; That's a phenomenal percentage with two other competitors trying to do the same. & # 39;
Holzhauer trained hard for his Jeopardy! in stint, build a replica of the buzzer of the show and play along while watching the show at home.
Statistics show that Holzhauer is an unprecedented master in buzzing in the first during the game
& # 39; Reach Jeopardy! was a pet project all my life, so it was something I wanted to work very hard on, & he said.
Holzhauer also read children's books to help him gain knowledge on topics he was not normally interested in.
& # 39; I have a strategy to read children's books to gain knowledge. I found that in a reference book for adults, if it's not a topic I'm interested in, I just can't get in, "he revealed.
& # 39; I was thinking, what is the place in the library where I can go to make customized books to make things interesting for uninterested readers? Tree. The children's section. & # 39;
Holzhauer is now recognized on the street, but says he hopes his status as a celebrity will remain calm.
Holzhauer has taken a number of major risks during his time on Jeopardy !, including this $ 60,000 bet on a Final Jeopardy question
& # 39; I am still in my normal life now, & # 39; he said. & # 39; If the right opportunity presents itself, I would of course consider that. & # 39;
& # 39; But when I get to the point that I can't drive my own child to class, I think I really messed up. I don't want to lose what makes me. & # 39;
It may take a while for Holzhauer to leave our television screens. Timanus believes his competitors only have a chance to beat him if they can win at least half of his total for the Final Jeopardy round.
& # 39; It is likely that Holzhauer really misses one of those big bets, & # 39; Timanus added.
& # 39; Then the challenger should of course give a correct response to the last clue and hope the champion misses. & # 39;
& # 39; To date, Holzhauer has missed only one last accident. Like I said, it would take some luck. & # 39;
Holzhauer plays a siren for the start of an ice hockey flash between the San Jose Sharks and the Vegas Golden Knights during the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2019 at the weekend