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Jeopardy! Champ Breaks $1M Mark in Record Time

Holzhauer got there in just 14 games

(Newser) - Professional gambler James Holzhauer's amazing Jeopardy! run continued Tuesday when he broke through the $1 million mark, closing in on the $2.52 million regular-season record set by Ken Jennings in 2004. Holzhauer won $118,816 after correctly answering the Final Jeopardy clue "On May 1, 1869, these... More »

Gambler Sets Another Jeopardy! Record

Alex Trebek says he'll be back for another season

(Newser) - 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... More »

Jeopardy! Champ Says His Style Is 'Cold-Blooded'

James Holzhauer scores 9th win in a row

(Newser) - Jeopardy! champ James Holzhauer is now the second-biggest winner in the show's history—and while he has a long way to go to catch Ken Jennings, he may not have to match Jennings' 74-game winning streak to get there. The 34-year-old professional sports gambler won for the ninth time... More »

Could This Gambler Surpass Ken Jennings?

James Holzhauer moves into second place for Jeopardy! winnings

(Newser) - As a Jeopardy! champion, Ken Jennings seems untouchable. After arriving on Alex Trebek's set in 2004, Jennings racked up 74 consecutive wins and $2,520,700, the show's website says. He might have some competition brewing, however. James Holzhauer still has a long way to go, but he... More »

Alex Trebek on Fan Reaction: 'I'm a Lucky Guy'

'Jeopardy!' host offers thanks in video after revealing his cancer

(Newser) - Alex Trebek's recent sad news that he has late-stage pancreatic cancer has prompted a somewhat more uplifting development: all of his fans letting him know that they're pulling for him. In a short video posted Thursday to the official Jeopardy! Twitter account, accompanied by the caption "thank... More »

Alex Trebek Has Sad News

The 'Jeopardy' host has pancreatic cancer

(Newser) - In his usual steady voice, Alex Trebek revealed Wednesday that he's facing the fight of his life: stage 4 pancreatic cancer, CNN reports. "Now, normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I'm going to fight this," the 78-year-old says in a video on... More »

Coming This Week: A Big Jeopardy! First

Team championship starts Wednesday, runs through March 5

(Newser) - Glance around the Jeopardy! set during rehearsals for its first-ever team championship and it's easy to be intimidated by the assembled brain power. There's Brad Rutter, whose overall Jeopardy! haul, $4.3 million, is the most won on any game show. And Ken Jennings, a 74-game winner who... More »

Rocker Loses Jeopardy Crown After Medical Scare

Jackie Fuchs' 4-day winning streak ended Thursday

(Newser) - Jackie Fuchs' winning run on Jeopardy ended Thursday with a Final Jeopardy question on Mozart. The former bassist of the Runaways, in third place going into the round, bet $8,600 on a wrong answer, allowing grad student Andrew Kung to nab $21,000 in winnings. "I have to... More »

1970s Rocker Now a 4-Time Jeopardy Champ

Jackie Fuchs of The Runaways has won $87K

(Newser) - Jackie Fuchs, aka Jackie Fox, played bass in the all-female rock band The Runaways as a teenager in the late 1970s. But "I don't want that to define me," she says. Mission accomplished: Per LA Weekly , Fuchs became a four-time Jeopardy champion during a Wednesday taping in... More »

Alex Trebek Literally Gets Booed as Debate Moderator

One Pennsylvania newspaper says he turned gubernatorial debate into 'dumpster fire'

(Newser) - It may not be clear who won Monday's debate between Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and his Republican challenger, Scott Wagner. But one thing seems clear based on Tuesday morning's reaction: Moderator Alex Trebek lost. Yes, the Jeopardy! host took on that unusual duty, and the reviews have not... More »

Audience Member on Jeopardy! Gives Winning Answer

Her boyfriend was a contestant, and he had a big question for her: a marriage proposal

(Newser) - It usually takes contestants on Jeopardy! a second or two to come up with questions, but an audience member on Thursday night's episode had an instantaneous answer for one query, USA Today reports. That person was Maria Shafer, whose boyfriend, contestant Michael Pascuzzi, was being introduced by host Alex... More »

Jeopardy Contestants Apparently Don't Play Video Games

They really struggled with this category

(Newser) - It was the end of a round of Jeopardy and none of the questions in the "Video Games" category had been attempted. When the contestants had no other choice than to give those questions a try, the reason why became clear. In what GameSpot calls a "cringe-worthy" and... More »

7-Time 'Jeopardy!' Winner Faces Prison Time

Stephanie Jass taught history at a small Michigan college when she sneaked into co-workers' emails

(Newser) - A seven-time 'Jeopardy!' winner who taught history at a small Michigan college faces up to five years in prison for sneaking into the email accounts of other professors, administrators and students. Per the AP , Stephanie Jass, who taught at Adrian College in southern Michigan, pleaded guilty Wednesday in... More »

Jeopardy! Football Questions Did Not Go Well

All five met with silence

(Newser) - It's Super Bowl week, no better time for Jeopardy! to roll out questions under the category of "Talkin' Football." Based on Thursday's show, however, Alex Trebek and company might not try it again. All three contestants displayed comic ineptness, which had the host delivering some "... More »

Jeopardy! on Hold After Trebek Has Brain Surgery

Host is recuperating from procedure in December

(Newser) - Alex Trebek has a "slight medical problem," in his words—but it's serious enough that Jeopardy! is now on hiatus. NBC News reports the 77-year-old game show host underwent brain surgery to remove blood clots on Dec. 16 at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and is now... More »

Guy Loses $3.2K on Jeopardy Over 'Gangsta' Pronunciation

Nick Spicher went on to win anyway

(Newser) - A tip for future Jeopardy contestants: Pronunciation is key. So Nick Spicher learned on Monday's episode when he was penalized $3,200 for mispronouncing the answer to a "Before & After" clue. After Alex Trebek read out "a song by Coolio from 'Dangerous Minds' goes back... More »

Viral Jeopardy! Champ Is Weird, Wacky, and a Big Winner

You can't miss Austin Rogers if you stumble on the show

(Newser) - Austin Rogers may not stand out at a hipster watering hole in New York City, but as a Jeopardy! contestant, he's not exactly your run-of-the-mill contender. "He's got hair, he's got chutzpah, and broad-based knowledge," says show host Alex Trebek of Rogers in one video... More »

Jeopardy Contestant Who Died Before Show Aired Ends Epic Run

Cindy Stowell made it to 6 games, collected more than $100K

(Newser) - In the 13 years since Jeopardy ditched its five-game limit, 38 contestants have made it to six games or more—and one of them did so while fighting terminal cancer. Cindy Stowell, who died of colon cancer before her episodes aired , finished as a six-day champion in the episode that... More »

Jeopardy! Contestant Who Died Before Air Is Crushing It

Cindy Stowell has so far won more than $62,000 for cancer charities

(Newser) - Not only did Cindy Stowell accomplish her lifelong dream of competing on Jeopardy! shortly before her death , but she's currently crushing it on the show. CNN reports the Texas woman won her fourth consecutive game in the episode that aired Friday, bringing her total prize money to $62,001.... More »

Jeopardy Contestant Dies Before Episode Airs

It was Texan's lifelong dream to appear on show

(Newser) - Next Tuesday's Jeopardy will feature a contestant whose lifelong dream was to appear on the show—but who didn't live long enough to see herself on TV. Cindy Stowell, a science content developer from Austin, Texas, was diagnosed with cancer between passing the online contestant test and being... More »

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