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Las Vegan James Holzhauer breaks more records on ‘Jeopardy!’

Updated May 1, 2019 - 7:27 pm

Another day, another “Jeopardy!” record set by James Holzhauer.

The Las Vegas-based professional sports bettor won his 20th consecutive game Wednesday, earning $101,682 to run his 20-day total to $1,528,012.

Holzhauer answered correctly 42 times in 42 attempts in Wednesday’s episode and has now heard a “Jeopardy!” record 181 consecutive clues without giving an incorrect response, according to thejeopardyfan.com. Liz Haigney Lynch, of Montclair, New Jersey, had the previous record of 179.

During his 20-day run, Holzhauer has answered correctly 723 times in 746 attempts to pass Brad Rutter, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for No. 2 on the all-time list of correct responses given on the game show.

Wednesday’s haul of $101,682 is the fifth-highest one-day total on the show, and Holzhauer now has the top 10 highest daily totals in the 35-year history of the show.

Holzhauer, 34, also tied Kenilworth, Illinois, native Julia Collins’ 20 wins for the second-longest regular play winning streak on “Jeopardy!”

Ken Jennings, of Edmonds, Washington, is the all-time regular play earnings leader with $2,520,700, winning 74 consecutive games in 2004. Holzhauer is second.

It took Jennings 46 games to eclipse Holzhauer’s current total through 20 games. The prediction model on thejeopardyfan.com gives Holzhauer a 71.286 percent chance to break Jennings’ record.

Contact reporter Todd Dewey at tdewey@reviewjournal.com. Follow @tdewey33 on Twitter.

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