NEW YORK (AP) – There is no truth in the rumor that James Holzhauer is a cyborg created to be the perfect "danger." Competitors.
But given the fact that he made a seemingly rare measure of excellence in the TV quiz show almost banal, it sometimes seems to be so. On his 14th appearance Holzhauer had exceeded on Tuesday the profit of one million dollars. Not only did he win $ 131,127 to break the program's previous one-day record of 77,000, he already has the top five-a-day results in the history of a regular game since 1984.
The Las Vegas-based professional player is quick on his feet and quick with the buzzer, shows a tremendous amount of knowledge and is – true to his profession – cold-blooded in his willingness to risk large sums of money as Ken Jennings won 74 games in a row and earning more than $ 2.5 million, that seems to be a plausible goal.
"James is just a perfect" danger! "Jennings said this week to The Associated Press.
Like most of the game's best players, he studied in advance and found that books were a great way for young people to familiarize themselves with unknown topics. He built a replica of the buzzer of the show and practiced while he was on TV and standing in his living room, as he now has to do in front of a desk. Holzhauer says he rarely suspects – he does not like these opportunities – but he never seems to have forgotten a fact.
"My goal was just to be less nervous than the other players," he said. "Whenever I felt overwhelmed, I snapped my fingers three times and imagined a fun snow festival with my daughter."
He had a bold goal: honoring his daughter by winning $ 110,914 in a single episode since her November birthday, which he succeeded in his fourth show.
His strategy is to start games with the most valuable clues, hoping to make quick profits and land on the Daily Double in the first round. When he does, he usually sets on everything by marking it with a movement that looks like he's going to punch in all his chips. If he's wrong, there's enough time to make more money. But he is rarely mistaken.
The two "Daily Doubles" in the second round of the game are also in demand. He does not bet everything, but he puts a lot on the line.
Holzhauer said the show's host Alex Trebek once said that he does not play because he could win $ 1,000 and does not care, but that he's annoying $ 20
"I'm not surprised that most Competitors do not play the way I do, "he said. "Loss aversion is a very real factor."
The final Jeopardy round gives him another chance to make a big bet. In the broadcast, which aired on April 17, Holzhauer put $ 60,000 in the category of literary figures of the 20th century. The hint was: His given name refers to the old district where you would find the Greek capital; His last name is a bird.
He answered correctly: Who is Atticus Finch?
"Most" dangers! "Players never think about maximizing their profits," Jennings said. "I never did, I just wanted to survive and play the game, but it's a sports weather, profit maximization is all there for me, I would not have the guts to put $ 60,000 on a final Jeopardy clue If you understand this wrongly and you have to come back in five minutes and play another game, knowing that you've only blown a year with just one little question, psychologically I doubt I've made a long series with it But James only seems to be made for these dangerous games, he is a cool customer. "
Jennings can imagine future players trying to imitate Holzhauer's strategy of making big profits quickly. But with a smaller player that could be catastrophic.
"I'm not sure if I can bet more courageously than I already have," Holzhauer said. "But I can still stay on the gas pedal."
For a show with a long history, his one-day achievements call for perspective. Look at it like this: It's like a young major league baseball player who scored 95 home runs in one season (the record is 73 at Barry Bonds), and then some seasons in the 80s.
Holzhauer often looks at friends while his series plays on weekday evenings (shows are recorded in advance). "People seem to think it's really cool to see someone on TV while sitting next to them," he said.
He hopes his celebrity will remain reserved. He is now publicly acknowledged, but said most people are respectful, except for a fan who "became too violent with a hockey game" with my biceps.
With his playing style, Holzhauer considers Jenning's income record to be achievable as the 74-game winning streak. Given the schedule of the show, which includes tournaments and reruns, fans would not know until September if they approach the standard of consecutive shows. Since the ratings of the show are already very high, the producers will not mind if he gets stuck.
"I've waited 15 years for someone to get involved with me, and it finally happens," Jennings said. "The closer he gets to the cash and game records, the closer I'll look, I depend on the guy."