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James Holzhauer Is Officially the Best Jeopardy! Player Since Ken Jennings

James Holzhauer. Photo: Jeopardy!/YouTube

Eye-piercingly blue smoke has risen from the Jeopardy! chimney, for we have the next great champion to worship. Fetch us the buzzer-adorned robes! James Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, has become the second-best player in the game show’s history after a formidable Monday night outing. After eight morale-crushing games, Holzhauer has won a total of $460,479 thus far, during which time he also set a new single-day winnings record. (Want to guess how much he got in one day? Any ideas? Okay, we’ll tell you. $110,914.) The only contestant above Holzhauer at this point is none other than golden boy Ken Jennings, who won $2,520,700 over the course of his 74 wins more than a decade ago. Should he start sweating a bit? Maybe. Time will tell.

James Holzhauer Is the Second-best Jeopardy! Player Ever