Gambler Sets Another Jeopardy! Record

Alex Trebek says he'll be back for another season
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 18, 2019 4:25 AM CDT

A professional sports gambler from Las Vegas has broken his own single-episode winnings record on Jeopardy!, the AP reports. James Holzhauer won $131,127 during a show aired Wednesday night, breaking the record that viewers saw him set last week. Due to the game show's taping schedule, the records were actually set one day apart, with Holzhauer's new high score occurring on Feb. 12. Wednesday's win marks the 10th consecutive win for the 34-year-old Holzhauer. Before his run, the previous episode record was $77,000 and was set by Roger Craig in 2010. His total winnings now stand at $697,787, second only to the $2,520,700 won by Ken Jennings in 2004.

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, who revealed in March that he was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer, posted a message Wednesday thanking fans for their well-wishes and said he's feeling good and continuing with his therapy. He said he was "touched beyond words" by the support, CTV reports. The 78-year-old, who posted the message to mark the final day of filming for the show's 35th season, promised he would return for a 36th. "I look forward to seeing you in September with all kinds of good stuff," he said. (Holzhauer says his playing style is "cold-blooded.")

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