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Jeopardy! Juggernaut Breaks Another Record

Holzhauer presented with key to Las Vegas Strip
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2019 1:19 AM CDT
Updated May 3, 2019 5:00 AM CDT
Clark County Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick, left, stands for a photograph with "Jeopardy!" sensation James Holzhauer after presenting him with a key to the Las Vegas Strip in front of the Welcome...   (Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)
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(Newser) Jeopardy! juggernaut James Holzhauer's seemingly unstoppable run continued in the episode that aired Thursday night. The 34-year-old scored his 21st win, putting him ahead of Julia Collins, who won 20 games in 2014. He is now in second place for most consecutive games won in Jeopardy! history, CNN reports. Only Ken Jennings, with 74, has more. Holzhauer is also in second place for all-time winnings, with $1,608,627, including the $80,615 he won in Thursday's episode. In the game show's Hall of Fame, Holzhauer now holds the top 10 spots for single-game winnings. In Final Jeopardy Thursday, he correctly answered the clue, "A character in this 1944 play is said to be like a piece in her own collection, 'too exquisitely fragile to move from the shelf.'" The correct response: The Glass Menagerie.

Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler who lives in Las Vegas, was given the key to the Las Vegas Strip by Clark County Commission Chair Marilyn Kirkpatrick Thursday, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. She thanked him for his donations to charities and other local causes, including $100,000 to the Las Vegas Natural History Museum. "Las Vegas residents like the rest of the nation have been glued to our televisions watching and rooting for James as he continues his winning streak on Jeopardy!," she said. (Holzhauer won big on another game show in 2014.)

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