James Holzhauer’s scrotum likely has rug burns after smashing his own Jeopardy! single-game winnings record in an unprecedented 10-day winning streak.
Not only is Holzhauer a brain, but as a Vegas sports bettor, he’s a deviation from the other nerdburgers who have appeared on Trebek’s show. Holzhauer has been gambling competitively since 2006 and is a respected player amongst several Vegas sportsbooks.
On the episode that aired Wednesday, the 34-year-old raked in $131,127 to capture his 10th straight victory and break the single episode winnings record of $110,914, which he set during his fourth appearance on April 9th.
He has won $697,787 during his 10-day run and is already second on the show’s all-time, regular-play winnings list, behind only past great champion Ken Jennings.
Jennings won more than $2.5 million during his 74-game winning streak in 2004. Holzhauer is on pace to surpass Jennings in just 36 games and now owns the four most prolific single-day performances ever on the show.
During his most recent performance, Holzhauer went a perfect 40-for-40 on responses in his first two rounds and entered Final Jeopardy! with a cartoonish lead over his two competitors: $71,114, $5,400, $5,000 were the respective winnings.
Holzhauer has won more than $100,000 three times, while no other contestant has ever won more than $77,000 on a single show.
I would never accuse this dude of being a fraud, but sports bettors typically aren’t choir boys. Do Jeopardy! producers check for earpieces? Could Holzhauer be getting fed answers in real time by a super robot off-site? 40-for-40 in responses through two rounds! How many degenerate sports bettors do you know with knowledge of Atticus Finch referring to the ancient district in which you’d find the Greek capital? The answer is zero, Trebek.
If it’s revealed that Holzhauer is gaming the system, you heard it here first.