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James Holzhauer inches closer to Ken Jennings’ record

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“Jeopardy!” contestant James Holzhauer continues to break the game show’s records.
USA TODAY

James Holzhauer’s winning streak lives on. 

The reigning champ and professional sports gambler claimed his 31st victory on “Jeopardy!” Thursday in dominating fashion, with a winning score of $58,612.

Thursday’s haul brings Holzhauer’s total on the popular game show to a whopping $2,382,583, less than $150,000 away from Ken Jennings’ all-time “Jeopardy!” total of $2,520,700, a record for non-tournament play.

Holzhauer could pass Jennings in a matter of days if his streak continues, by using  his aggressive strategy of targeting higher-valued clues first and wagering big on Daily Doubles. On April 17, he won $131,127, a single-day record for the quiz show.

Last night on “Jeopardy!”: James Holzhauer within reach of Ken Jennings’ winnings record with 30th win

FILE – This file image made from video aired on “Jeopardy!” on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, and provided by Jeopardy Productions, Inc. shows James Holzhauer. The 34-year-old professional sports gambler from Las Vegas won more than $110,000 on “Jeopardy!” on Tuesday, breaking the record for single-day cash winnings. Holzhauer won $131,127 during a show aired Wednesday night, April 17, 2019, breaking the record that viewers saw him set last week.(Carol Kaelson/Jeopardy Productions, Inc. via AP, File) ORG XMIT: CAET468 (Photo: AP)

Jennings and Holzhauer are the only two “Jeopardy!” contestants to earn $2 million or more in regular, non-tournament winnings, a barrier Holzhauer crossed in Friday’s episode.

However, it has taken Holzhauer fewer than half the number of episodes to rack up the prize money, a feat that Jennings called “astounding.”

Despite inching closer to the Jennings’ all-time winning record, Holzhauer’s 31 victories still pale next to Jennings’ record 74 wins.    

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