- James Holzhauer is on a winning streak.
- He has won 10 consecutive games of “Jeopardy!”
- On Wednesday, he broke his own single-game record and took home $US131,127.
- In total, the professional sports gambler has won $US697,787 on the show.
- His secret? Not hesitating to make big bets, reading children’s book, and a lifetime of preparations.
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James Holzhauer is on a winning streak. The sports gambler has won 10 consecutive games of “Jeopardy!”
And on Wednesday, Holzhauer broke his own single-game record, taking home $US131,127. And by the way – he played a perfect game. In “Jeopardy!” terms, that means every question he buzzed in for he answered correctly.
The Las Vegas, Nevada, man surpassed the $US110,914 record he set last week. Before that, the number to beat for single-game winnings was $US77,000 set by Roger Craig in 2010. Holzhauer now occupies the top four spots for single-game winnings. Over the course of his run, he has taken home $US697,787 in total.
The all-time total “Jeopardy!” record stands at $US2,520,700, logged by Ken Jennings during his 74-game streak.
So, just how has he done it? Well, it all boils down to strategy.
Holzhauer placed great emphasis on the mechanics of hitting the show’s iconic buzzer just right, The Ringer reports.
He’s also bet big on the Daily Doubles.
“When I watch at home, I always root for the contestants to bet big on Daily Doubles,” he told Decider. “They get them right most of the time, and it can give them a big leg up on the competition. I’m proud of myself for sticking to that attitude when it was my money on the line.”
Finally, Holzhauer credits his winning streak, at least in part, to reading children’s books.
“They are chock-full of infographics, pictures and all kinds of stuff to keep the reader engaged,” he told the Washington Post. “I couldn’t make it through a chapter of an actual Dickens novel without falling asleep.”
And it all seems to have been a recipe for winning – at least for now.
“As a gambler, I know you can do everything right and still have to wait a long time to see positive results if luck is not on your side,” he told The Ringer.
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