Published: Sun, May 05, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Here's the secret to how James Holzhauer almost lost on 'Jeopardy!'

Here's the secret to how James Holzhauer almost lost on 'Jeopardy!'

Wednesday, which means he now ties for the second-longest winning streak in the show's history.

So far, Holzhauer has won more than $1.6 million over the course of 21 straight games.

In week three of Holzhauer's streak, "Jeopardy!" became the number one syndicated show - the first time it had earned that distinction since the 2014-2015 season, according to a spokesperson for CBS. At this point in his historic run, Jennings had amassed only $697,760, nearly $1 million less than Holzhauer's $1,608,627.

The final clue from the night was: "A character in this 1944 play is said to be like a piece of her own collection, 'too exquisitely fragile to move from the shelf'". Only Ken Jennings, with 74, has more.

He also now has an average daily winning of $76,400 that's nearly equal Roger Craig's old record for a single-game winning total of $77,000, offering another reminder of just how ridiculous his run is and how dominant he's been. If Holzhauer continues to win the rest of the games in season 35, which is scheduled to end July 26, he will have reached win No. 62, he said. He now has a ceremonial key to the Las Vegas Strip.

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Holzhauer planned his strategy from the beginning, only deviating from it if the category is one he's unfamiliar with - such as the U.S. Senate.

"(Holzhauer) has no weaknesses", Trebek said.

'I don't feel I get enough credit for making small, sensible Jeopardy wagers, which helped the show with its prize budget'.

Holzhauer, is a professional sports gambler.

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