Holzhauer, 35, already surpassed the $1 million mark faster than any other contestant that’s come before him. He previously won a game with a total of $131,127, topping the one-day record he set earlier in his run of $110,914. The previous single-day record-holder was Roger Craig, who won $77,000 in a 2010 game.
Holzhauer’s 21st victory adds $80,615 to his wallet and skyrockets his total earnings up to $1,608,627. He’s surpassed Julia Collins’ 20-game winning streak from 2014. Now, the only “Jeopardy!” champ left in his crosshairs is the notorious Ken Jennings.
Jennings scored an impressive 74-game winning streak in 2004, which remains the longest streak in "Jeopardy!" history. Although Holzhauer still has more than 50 games to go before catching up to Jennings, his total earnings are on track to surpass the reigning champ well before the 74 game mark.
As The New York Post notes, Jennings finished his winning streak with $2,520,700. Meanwhile, Holzhauer’s per-game average of $76,601 is much higher than Jennings’ $34,064.
Experts credit the Las Vegas sports gambler’s play style and strategy with his continued massive paydays. However, despite his performance in the past 21 games, Holzhauer dethroning Jennings is far from a sure thing.
In his 18th game of “Jeopardy!” he almost lost to sports information director for Brandeis University athletics, Adam Levin. When the final scores were tallied, Holzhauer only topped his competitor by $18.