Sports Bettor James Holzhauer Becomes 2nd Player in Jeopardy History to Win $2M

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorMay 25, 2019

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Jeopardy James just keeps on rolling.

Sports bettor James Holzhauer won his 27th straight matchup on Jeopardy! Friday and became just the second player in show history to eclipse $2 million in winnings, per ESPN.com's David Purdum.

It was a runaway win for Holzhauer, who had $39,400 going into Final Jeopardy! The next-closest contestant had $1,800.

Ken Jennings is the only player to have more consecutive wins and winnings than Holzhauer in regular-season play. In 2004, Jennings won $2,520,700 and ran off a 74-game winning streak, per thejeopardyfan.com.

Per ABC 7 News in Washington, D.C., Holzhauer is on pace to break Jennings' winnings records in roughly seven games at his current pace, provided he wins them all.


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