There’s no truth to the rumour that James Holzhauer is a cyborg created to be the perfect “Jeopardy!” contestant.
But given how he’s made a level of excellence rarely seen on the television quiz show appear almost mundane, it sometimes seems that way.
Holzhauer eclipsed the $1 million mark in winnings Tuesday on his 14th appearance.
Not only has he won $131,127 to shatter the program’s previous one-day record of $77,000, he already has the top five one-day scores in the history of a game that has aired regularly since 1984.
The professional gambler from Las Vegas is quick on his feet and quick with the buzzer, displays an extraordinary breadth of knowledge and _ true to his profession _ is cold-blooded in his willingness to risk large amounts of money.
The show’s most hallowed records, set in 2004 when Ken Jennings won 74 games in a row and earned more than $2.5 million, seem like a plausible goal.
This is absolutely insane. I've always wanted to see someone try Jeopardy! wagering this way who had the skills to back it up. https://t.co/PYj6MDsXjs
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) April 18, 2019
Jennings says Holzhauer is just a perfect ‘Jeopardy!’ machine.
Like most of the game’s best players, he did his share of studying in advance, finding that books geared to young people were a good way to learn about unfamiliar topics.
He built a replica of the show’s buzzer and practiced while playing along on TV, standing in his living room like he has to do now in front of a podium.
Holzhauer says he rarely guesses _ he doesn’t like those odds _ but seems never to have forgotten a fact.
Tune in Wednesday to watch Holzhauer’s next game, starting at 7:30 p.m. on CHEK.