James Holzhauer is becoming the king of "Jeopardy!," no doubt about it.
The man is clearly a gambler (he's a professional sports bettor who lives in Las Vegas) and has figured out how to really set a strategy for the game and stick to it. He's earned more than $1 million on the show in 2 weeks.
Holzhauer holds the "Jeopardy!" record for most won in a single day with more than $130,000. He's following a method some believe is controversial in which he jumps around from category to category in order to throw off his competitors.
He bets big on Daily Doubles, and it's paying off. In an email interview with NPR, Holzhauer said his strategy is simple ... he finds spots he knows well and bets big once he identifies them.
Starting at the bottom of the board helps Holzhauer start with a big bankroll to take higher risks, he told NPR.
We can hardly keep track of James's Jeopardy! winnings! Luckily, we just launched the official James Tracker to monitor his progress.
Check it out! https://t.co/c14uZOf5Wk pic.twitter.com/BikLUyKhSg
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) April 24, 2019
In an interview with the Naperville Sun, Holzhauer said he will go to libraries to read non-fiction books in the children's sections because they are full of facts and photos with the nuts and bolts of a subject.
Even the top all-time "Jeopardy!" players are chiming in: Ken Jennings called Holzhauer's ability to win "absolutely insane." Jennings earned more than $2.5 million on the show in 2004.
This is absolutely insane. I've always wanted to see someone try Jeopardy! wagering this way who had the skills to back it up. https://t.co/PYj6MDsXjs
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) April 18, 2019
Jennings appeared on 74 shows.
Here's what people are saying about James Holzhauer's "Jeopardy!" game:
The highlight of our weekdays is watching #JamesHolzhauer on #Jeopardy.
The world stops for that half hour.
— Abby Normal (@KARAinFLA) April 24, 2019
I watch @Jeopardy for the game, to play along, for the stellar hosting by Alex Trebek, and for amazing performances by contestants like #JamesHolzhauer —smart, quick-triggered and above all quietly humble. He’s a great roll model seemingly without even trying. #Jeopardy
— Jim Gerace (@jimjim421) April 24, 2019
If I made it on @Jeopardy!, I'd like to go up against @James_Holzhauer because I would likely end up in 3rd place anyway and I want to ensure his streak continues.
— Bill (@BILLYonaire_GSN) April 24, 2019
WOW James Holzhauer Breaking ALL Jeopardy Game Show Records👍👍
Way to go @James_Holzhauer pic.twitter.com/Vb1N6XsdxE
— Nicholas Jones (@voyager4truth) April 24, 2019