James Holzhauer (born July 1984) is a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, Nevada. He is best known for his run on the U.S. syndicated game show Jeopardy! where he first played on April 4, 2019, and went on to win 32 consecutive games accumulating over $2.4 million in winnings. He is the second-winningest contestant behind Ken Jennings, both in terms of games won and regular-game winnings; and he is the third-highest overall money winner behind Jennings and Brad Rutter.
During his winning streak on Jeopardy!, Holzhauer broke several show records. Most notably he holds the top sixteen highest single-day winnings records and is also the first and only player to win $100,000 or more in a single game during regular play (he accomplished the feat six times). On his fourth game, which aired April 9, 2019, Holzhauer first broke the single-game record of $77,000 (set by Roger Craig in 2010) with $110,914. Then he broke his own record with $131,127 on April 17, 2019.
Streak ends Edit
Holzhauer lost to Emma Boettcher on his 33rd appearance on June 3, 2019.
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Holzhauer returned for the 2019 Tournament of Champions, aired November 4-15. In the two-day finals, he faced off Boettcher in a rematch; but this time, Holzhauer prevailed, winning the tournament and the $250,000 top prize.
After the Tournament of Champions, it was announced Holzhauer will compete for $1,000,000 against Jennings and Rutter on the primetime special Jeopardy: The Greatest of All Time, which is set to air on ABC in January 2020.
Before Jeopardy! Holzhauer competed on The Chase where he won $58,333.33 and on 500 Questions.