"Jeopardy!" contestant James Holzhauer broke the show's single-game winning record. Then, he broke his own record a week later.
The streak goes on.
James Holzhauer, whose amazing "Jeopardy!" performance has put the spotlight on the venerable quiz show, Tuesday to his 24th consecutive win.
The 34-year-old professional sports gambler from Las Vegas pocketed $ 86,905 with his latest victory, bringing his total winnings to a $ 1,867,142.
Holzhauer already was firmly entrenched in the No. 2 spot for most "Jeopardy!" victories and prize money before Tuesday's win. Only Ken Jennings is the top spot on both lists: 74 victories and $ 2,520,700 in prize money.
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James Holzhauer holds the all-time single-game record for amount won on 'Jeopardy!' – $ 131,127. (Photo: AP)
Holzhauer remains far from Jennings' win but is closing in on the money based on playing strategy that features picking higher dollar dollars first and betting aggressively on Daily Doubles.
If anything, the size of Holzhauer's money hauls is even more impressive than his streak. He holds the single-day record for prize money, $ 131,127 (April 9), having beaten a record he previously set.
Holzhauer's average daily winnings of $ 77,798 over 24 wins now eclipses the previous one-day high, $ 77,000 , by Roger Craig in 2010. If he keeps winning and continues to pace, he will cross the $ 2 million mark before the end of this week and will be within range of Jennings' money market with fewer than 10 more victories.  Holzhauer explained his strategy last month in a Q&A with The New York Times.
"You can see as soon as I get control of the board in the first game, I'm going for the $ 1,000 clues when I have the opportunity," he said, liking his approach to a poker strategy.
"There are big advantages to having a lot of chips early on in a poker tournament. You can play that other people can't." Eddie Timanus, a five-time "Jeopardy!" winner who compiles college coaches polls for USA TODAY Sports, describes Holzhauer as "a game changer" in his analysis of Holzhauer's play.
Timanus notes Holzhauer's mastery of the signaling buzzer, but says he really stands out in his aggressive bidding.
"While many players, myself included, prefer to play categories from top to bottom and try to stick to them, Holzhauer clears the big-dollar clues first, "Timanus says. "Thanks to his ability to ring in first consistently and rarely miss, he usually has a considerable total built up at the time he uncovers a Daily Double. He finds most of them since he has been able to maintain control of the board for long stretches, and , if we've seen, he's not afraid to bet big. "" Jeopardy! " and host Alex Trebek are celebrating their 35th anniversary season. With a weekly audience of 23 million viewers, it's the top-rated quiz show on television.
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