Ken Jennings’ all-time winnings record is in “Jeopardy!”
Reigning champ James Holzhauer inched closer to Jennings’ record on Wednesday with his 30th consecutive victory on the popular game show, raking in $69,033.
With Wednesday’s haul, Holzhauer’s winnings total $2,323,971, bringing the professional sports gambler about $200,000 away from Jennings’ all-time “Jeopardy!” total of $2,520,700, a record for non-tournament play.
Holzhauer, known for his aggressive clue selection and wagering strategy, could pass Jennings within a few days if his streak continues, after amassing a single-day record of $131,127 on April 17.
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James Holzhauer, Ken Jennings (AP Photo, Getty Images)
Both Jennings and Holzhauer are the only two “Jeopardy!” contestants to earn $2 million or more in regular, non-tournament winnings, a barrier Holzhauer crossed in Friday’s episode.
But it took Holzhauer significantly less time to rack up the prize money, a fact that Jennings admitted bugs him a little.
“What I did not expect, was that somebody could make a run at the cash record in, like, a third (of) the time,” Jennings told ABC’s “Good Morning America” Tuesday. “It’s really just astounding, what he’s doing.”
Holzhauer’s 30 victories still pale next to Jennings’ record 74 wins.
Contributing: Jayme Deerwester and Erin Jensen
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