Tuesday 17 September 2019

Professional gambler wins more than $1m in record-breaking 14 show run on Jeopardy! game show

James Holzhauer on Jeaopardy!
James Holzhauer on Jeaopardy!
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

James Holzhauer has just surpassed the $1m (€892,000) mark on US game show Jeopardy! after a record-breaking 14 show run.

The 34-year-old professional sports gambler from Las Vegas has been steaming his way through each episode with his lightning-fast buzzer finger and correct answers.

On Tuesday night's show he won $118,816 (€105,998) to bring his total winnings to $1,061,554 (€947,033).

"Despite what 'The Social Network' says, $1 million felt really cool," he said in a statement.

Jeopardy! has been broadcasting since 1964 and Holzhauer is smashing records and on course to smash even more.

He is second in the show's history in terms of overall winnings but if he keeps going at this rate he'll roll past Ken Jennings' record of $2.5m (€2.2m) won over 74 episodes in 2004 in no time.

He's no stranger to TV quiz shows, however, having already appeared on The Chase where he also broke records for the amount of money he won.

The show's host Alex Trebek reportedly earns $10m a year for hosting the show so, at his current rate of winning, Holzhauer is earning more than him per episode.

Holzhauer will next appear in Wednesday's show.

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