James Holzhauer earned the record for second-longest winning streak in “Jeopardy!” regular play history with his 21st victory Thursday.
The native of Naperville on Wednesday tied for the title with Julia Collins, who in 2014 collected $428,100 over 20 games on the quiz show, before claiming it for his own one day later.
The 34-year-old Las Vegas sports bettor still has a long “Jeopardy!” journey ahead before toppling all-time regular play champion Ken Jenning’s 74-game record in 2004.
Andy Saunders, administrator of The Jeopardy Fan website, said “Jeopardy!” producers tape 230 episodes in a season. If Holzhauer continues to win the rest of the games in season 35, which is scheduled to end July 26, he will have reached win No. 62,he said.
The victory Thursday brings Holzhauer’s 20-day winnings to $1,608,627.
Saunders, who compiles statistics on “Jeopardy,” noted on his website that it took Jennings 48 games to reach $1,608,627.
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 02 May 2019 - 02:38 PM.