James Holzauer wins 17th straight ‘Jeopardy!’ game

James Holzauer wins 17th straight ‘Jeopardy!’ game

April 26, 2019

It’s lucky number 17 for “Jeopardy!” champion James Holzhauer.

On Friday night, the 34-year-old professional gambler from Las Vegas, Nev., won his 17th straight “Jeopardy!” match.

His Friday winnings of $49,600 bring him to a grand total of $1,275,587. On April 18, he broke the record for money won in a single game, pocketing more than $130,000.

Though Holzhauer has the fourth-longest winning streak in “Jeopardy!” history, he has a ways to go before he catches leader Ken Jennings. In 2004, the computer scientist turned writer from Seattle, Wash., cruised to victory in a record 74 straight games.

Holzhauer’s success, past champions say, is due to a mix of stellar buzzer timing and encyclopedic knowledge of many topics. He also targets the highest-dollar-value clues first and – drawing on his sports betting prowess – employs savvy wagering skills during Daily Doubles and Final Jeopardy.

Big Apple residents will have to wait until Saturday at 7:30 p.m. to witness Holzhauer’s latest coup: Live coverage of NFL draft on WABC/Ch. 7 in New York City preempted the usual air time for “Jeopardy!” on Friday.

Friday’s haul drops his per-game average to more than $75,000.

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