Reigning 'Jeopardy!' champion James Holzhauer crosses the $2 million threshold

Screenshot/YouTubeJames Holzhauer wins $US2,065,535 on ‘Jeopardy!’
  • The reigning “Jeopardy!” champion James Holzhauer crossed the $US2 million threshold on Friday evening.
  • The 34-year-old professional sports gambler is on a winning streak, second only to Ken Jennings.
  • Jennings crossed the $US2 million mark with a final total of $US2.5 million, which was racked up over 74 games. Holzhauer, by comparison, just hit this mark during his 27th game.
  • Business Insider previously reported that Holzhauer broke the record for the most amount of money in a single game – and in the show’s hall of fame, he is in the top 10 spots for “single-game winnings.”
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The reigning “Jeopardy!” champion James Holzhauer crossed the $US2 million threshold on Friday evening.

The 34-year-old professional sports gambler is on a winning streak, second only to Ken Jennings who also crossed the $US2 million mark, raking in $US2.5 million over a 74-game winning streak. (Jennings’ total winnings including tournaments is higher.)

Holzhauer, by comparison, crossed $US2 million during his 27th consecutive win. His total winnings are $US2,065,535, and he is roughly $US455,000 shy of Jennings’ winning-streak earnings,The New York Times reported.

He has made his mark on the show by taking monetary risks, going after “high-value clues first and big bets on Daily Doubles, often doubling his total,” Business Insider’s Hillary Hoffower previously wrote.

Holzhauer wagered $US35,000 during Final Jeopardy, TVLine reported, bringing his total game winnings to $US74,000.

Business Insider previously reported that Holzhauer broke the record for the most amount of money in a single game – and in the show’s hall of fame, he is in the top 10 spots for “single-game winnings.”

In terms of all-time winnings, which includes tournaments, Brad Rutter holds the record with $US4.6 million, followed by Jennings, who with his additional tournament wins has won a total of $US3.3 million.

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