‘Jeopardy!’: James Holzhauer within reach of Ken Jennings’ winnings record with 30th win

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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