James Holzhauer, a professional sports bettor from Illinois, continues shattering Jeopardy! records.
He now owns the show’s top 3 single-day winnings of all time, after netting $106,181 during an episode that aired Tuesday. He’s now second all-time in “regular play” winnings with $566,660, well behind Ken Jennings ($2.52 million, 2004).
But he’s correctly answered 300 of his first 313 attempts on the show, according to thejeopardyfan.com. Holzhauer is closing the gap with each subsequent episode.
ESPN’s Ben Fawkes reported that Holzhauer has been betting on sports seriously since 2006, and that Las Vegas sources confirmed he’s a respected bettor.
“Now, I focus largely on in-game betting, where the oddsmaker often struggles to put an accurate line with only few seconds to think about it,” Holzhauer said, according to ESPN.
“I think my work is similar to an investment bank, except that I’m the analyst, trader, fund manager and day trader all into one.”
Alex Trebek, who announced he’d been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March, did finish recording Season 35, which wrapped up April 9. He seemed to get a kick out of Holzhauer’s latest win.