The “Jeopardy!” juggernaut continues!
James Holzhauer notched his 22nd straight win Friday night, walking off the soundstage with $82,381. That brings his total haul to $1,691,008.
Though episodes are taped in advance, America won’t get to see the 34-year-old knock out any more contestants until May 20.
Over the next two weeks, the Teachers Tournament — during which 15 educators compete for $100,000 — will air. After that, the show resumes regular programming.
On Thursday night, with his 21st triumph, the professional gambler from Las Vegas grabbed the mantle of second-longest winning streak in the history of the game show.
Holzhauer still has dozens of games to go before challenging Ken Jennings’ staggering 74-game streak, set 15 years ago.
He did bump Julia Collins, with her 20-game run in 2014, to third place.
His success has offered insights into both his own background and the show’s behind-the-scenes antics. Holzhauer, who once dreamed of using his quant skills to work for a baseball team, told a middle-school newspaper in Pennsylvania that longtime host Alex Trebek’s language gets spicy off-camera. Also this week, Trebek opened up about his struggle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
By Hana R. Alberts