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Jeopardy! Champ Racks Up 24th Win

Former contestant thinks only one person can stop him

(Newser) - "James could not be caught—what else is new?" quipped Alex Trebek after Jeopardy! sensation James Holzhauer scored his 24th straight win on the game show Tuesday night. The professional gambler won $86,905, bringing his total winnings to $1,867,142, reports USA Today. Holzhauer is relentlessly closing... More »

Tom Brady Makes Unusual Bet on Jeopardy! Champ

He said he'd eat his first strawberry if Holzhauer lost

(Newser) - After a two-week hiatus for a teachers' tournament, James Holzhauer was back on Jeopardy! on Monday night doing what he has become famous for: crushing the opposition. The professional gambler won his 23rd straight game, adding $89,229 to his haul for a total of $1,780,237, the New ... More »

Jeopardy! Whiz Has One Unexpected Fan

Ken Jennings is really rooting for James Holzhauer right now

(Newser) - James Holzhauer , who will be starting up his run again on Jeopardy! Monday, is getting increasingly closer to smashing Ken Jennings' all-time cash winnings record on the show of $2.5 million—and Jennings hopes he does it. Writing for the Washington Post with nary a hint of schadenfreude,... More »

Tribune Wrote About Jeopardy! Whiz ... When He Was 4

Paper digs up article on James Holzhauer

(Newser) - Long before he was racking up win after win —and oodles of cash—on Jeopardy!, James Holzhauer was impressing an entirely different demographic: his preschool teachers. The Chicago Tribune has unearthed an article that appeared in its pages in January 1989, when Holzhauer was just 4 years old and... More »

Jeopardy! Juggernaut Breaks Another Record

Holzhauer presented with key to Las Vegas Strip

(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.... More »

Alex Trebek: I Have 'Surges of Deep, Deep Sadness'

'Jeopardy!' host talks about his cancer diagnosis

(Newser) - Alex Trebek gave his first live interview since revealing earlier this year that he has pancreatic cancer , and the Jeopardy! host was honest about his struggles. "My oncologist tells me I'm doing well even though I don't always feel it," he said on Good Morning America ... More »

This Isn't First Game Show James Holzhauer Has Crushed

Also, what it's like to play the new 'Jeopardy!' wizard

(Newser) - Heading into Friday's night show, sports gambler James Holzhauer has won 16 straight games and more than $1 million on Jeopardy!, and he remains on pace toward becoming the game's all-time champ. In an interesting feature, Emily Yahr of the Washington Post tracked down the 16 contestants who... More »

Jeopardy! Sensation: Here's How I Learned So Much Trivia

James Holzhauer scored 15th win Wednesday

(Newser) - After Jeopardy! sensation James Holzhauer won his 13th straight game in an episode that aired Monday, Alex Trebek joked that he would soon run out of loved ones to acknowledge. The Naperville, Illinois, native proved Trebek wrong with a shout-out to the Chicago Bears during his 15th win Wednesday, NBC... More »

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 »

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