The "Jeopardy!" – Champion James Holzhauer celebrated his 26th win in a row despite fierce opposition from another competitor.
The Las Vegas-based professional ended the game on Thursday night at $ 52,108, bringing his total to $ 1,991,135, opening the deal by pointing out how historic Holzhauer's winning streak is.
"About a month and a half ago, the daily record for gains in a series of Jeopardy! "$ 77,000," Trebek said firmly. "This record had taken many, many years. Our current champion, James, has an average of over $ 77,000 per show. Each. Day. Creepy stuff. "
The 34-year-old Holzhauer won in the final episode despite a serious challenge from New York technology consultant Nate Scheffey.
"The gentlemen have owned the game, [but] the game is not over yet," said Trebek, as the competition intensified. "It's not an outlier, by the way."
If Scheffey had used more during a Daily Double, he would have accumulated enough money in the long run to jeopardize Holzhahuer's lucrative success $ 25,800, Holzhauer's $ 31
Holzhauer remains in two big "Jeopardy!" Categories. Jennings won 74 games during his epic run in 2004; Holzhauer is more than a third of the way there. During these games, Jennings recorded a record $ 2,520,700 during the regular season. Holzhauer still has $ 530,000 on this front before taking the top spot.
But Jennings himself cheers Holzhauer and drowns out a chorus of online critics accusing him of making the game "boring".
"I am the only living one who knows first-hand how difficult it is to do what Holzhauer does, and that's why I'm hot on his tail," he wrote in a commentary in The Washington Post. "I may have some" Jeopardy! "Plates, but basically I'm just a fan of the show, and for every real 'Jeopardy!' Fan, this series is something special."
Additional coverage by Keith Williams