Sports Gambler Breaks Jeopardy! Record With $110k Win

James Holzhauer Breaks Jeopardy Win RecordThe Jeopardy! contestant, James Holzhauer, a prominent sports bettor from Las Vegas, managed to set the new record for single-day cash winnings with a total of $110,914.

Holzhauer had a good reason to risk his last wager of $38,314 – his whole plan was to hit the total amount that would match his daughter’s birthday born on November 9, 2014.

News Highlights

  • James Holzhauer breaks the record for the biggest amount won at a single show – $110,914.
  • He precisely calculated how to reach this amount in order to match his daughter’s birthday – November 9, 2014.
  • He largely attributes his success to the inventive and practical learning technique with children’s books.

The Events Leading Up to The Big Win

Jeopardy! player James Holzhauer’s victory surpassed the record of the highest win per day held by Roger Craig since 2010. Craig’s win amounted to $77,000, on which the current record holder commented:


I said all along that I wanted to break Roger Craig’s one-game record and I did it.

James Holzhauer

The game was evidently in James’ favor straight from the start, as he managed to get a good advantage by landing the first Daily Double. Later on, he went all in on a $14,600 bet. After the second Daily Double, he risked a total of $25,000 for a top win. Still, his highest bet that night was that of $38,314 on the last question:

Answer: “Ironically, it is a metaphor meaning a huge step forward, but this two-word process only occurs on a subatomic scale.”

Question: “What is quantum leap?”

At the time, the player had amassed a $72,600 win, while the rest of the contenders were way out of his league – the closest being at $6,400. What is more, this was the third win in a row for James Holzhauer, with a total haul of $244,365 so far.

Who is James Holzhauer?

James Holzhauer is a 34-year-old successful sports gambler. His ability to assess risk and calculate gain at sports betting has definitely been of some use over the years leading up to this win.

According to an unofficial fan site going by the name of King James Holzhauer, his previous participation in other game shows display his skill as well. In 2014 Holzhauer participated in The Chase, allowing him the opportunity to display his knowledge “and completely dominate[d] each round”, as the site claims. They have also included an account regarding the 500 Questions game, where Holzhauer went up against trivia master Steve Bahnaman.

All the analyses led fans to expect a good result, but the record definitely helped establish himself as a true connoisseur of science facts and trivia. According to a statement he gave to the Naperville Sun:


My big secret for studying subjects I find uninteresting is to check out the children’s section of the library. The books there are filled with pictures and fun facts, and they’re a great way to learn the nuts and bolts of any subject

James Holzhauer

Current Jeopardy! Record Holders

Jeopardy! is a game with a lengthy tradition, so it is safe to assume it has managed to accumulate its fair share of records. These are a few examples of recent Jeopardy! winning records.

  1. Ken Jennings: He holds the record for longest winning streak – 74 shows (June 2 – November 30, 2004), which ultimately saw him win a total of $2,520,700.
  2. Brad Rutter: Brad is the current record leader for the biggest win – $4,355,102, collected through participation in tournaments between the years 2001 and 2014.
  3. Julia Collins: She holds the title of the woman with the highest win – $495,767. She accumulated the amount over the course of 20 game shows.
  4. James Holzhauer: Since last Tuesday, he broke the record for the biggest win in a single show, hitting somewhat north of $110k.
Did You Know? The lowest amount ever won in the game is $1. Four competitors have managed this amount.

How Do You Play Jeopardy!?

Jeopardy! GameThe rules and principle of gameplay are the main things which made Jeopardy! as popular as it is nowadays. It works backward in a way, as players are given the answers and need to guess the corresponding question.

With three players and a host guiding them through both the Jeopardy and Double Jeopardy rounds, players are given topics and question values to choose from. If they guess the question, the value is added to their winnings.

There are also rounds where players wager some amount of their winnings before getting the hint – a correct question sees them winning double the amount.

On the whole, Jeopardy! is entertaining, challenging, and particularly fit for trivia knowledge enthusiasts with a twist at a gamble. Players can go all in for a risky twist or keep the gameplay cool and make the most of their knowledge, having fun all the while!

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