CLEVELAND, Ohio – Move over, Ken Jennings. There is a new $ 2 million winner on "Jeopardy!"
James Holzhauer, a 34-year-old professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, won his 27th consecutive game Friday. He took home $ 74,400 to push his total winnings to $ 2,065,535.
The win was never in doubt. He had a big lead of nearly $ 38,000 over second-place Susan Waller going into Final Jeopardy. The third contestant, Sam Kooister, was eliminated after Double Jeopardy with – $ 2,000
Holzhauer was correct only to get the last question (what part of Idaho's dark sky has a bright name?) Correctly (Sun Valley), adding $ 35,000 to his pot for the final total.
He only Jennings as the only two players in the game show 35 seasons to crack the $ 2 million mark in regular-season play. Jennings won $ 2,520,700 during his 74-game winning streak in 2004.
The current champ, however, has a way to go to catch Brad Rutter as the show's highest earning contestant of all-time. Rutter has made over $ 4 million on "Jeopardy!" Since his first appearance in 2000, though almost all of that came from winning four tournaments of champions.
Holzhauer's quick trigger, bold wagering and impressive knowledge of every category Alex Trebek throws at he has led to $ 76,501
The incredible run has made "Jeopardy!" Appointment viewing, with the show racking up its ratings in years over the last few weeks.
The next new episode airs Monday at 7:30 pm on WOIO Channel 19.