'Jeopardy!' champion James Holzhauer wins his 23rd game

Joann Johnston
May 21, 2019

James Holzhauer is setting records on "Jeopardy!" - but he struck out on the ABC game show "500 Questions" four years ago.

A smug Brady fired out another tweet after Holzhauer's win, imploring those who expected him to even approach a strawberry to "keep it moving". Holzhauer appears to have done his research; he challenged Brady to eat a tomato if he loses Jeopardy! on Tuesday.

Holzhauer, a sports gambler by trade, still wants a piece of the 42-year-old quarterback. He still holds every top 10 slot for the highest single-game winnings.

But Holzhauer dashed any hopes from Brady's fans or detractors that he would meet his juicy, red match with his 23rd win in a row on Jeopardy!

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"Jeopardy!" was averaging 9.8 million viewers before Holzhauer's streak began.

He employs an aggressive strategy, going for the higher value clues rather than starting low and making his way up a particular category.

We've talked a whole lot about Holzhauer while he was away, but what's so impressive about his run on the show - now at 23 games and more than $1.7 million - is how ordinary the pro sports bettor has made a huge game on the show. "To me, these are just points on the scoreboard and not actual dollars". If a contestant presses the buzzer too early, the system locks them out for a quarter of a second - which is usually enough time for someone else to get through.

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