UPDATE (6/3/19): It looks like Ken Jennings will get to keep his all-time Jeopardy! record after all. Ahead of Monday's new episode, the internet has unearthed some spoilers about James Holzhauer's impressive run on the trivia game show, and it appears he will fall just short of the record for most cash winnings of all time. According to leaked footage from Monday's episode, Holzhauer will lose his place as the reigning Jeopardy! champion after not betting enough in the Final Jeopardy round to hold off one of his fellow contestants. As a result, he will walk away from the show without claiming Jennings' record, despite coming very, very close to it.
PREVIOUSLY (5/29/19): After 32 straight wins, James Holzhauer is thiiis close to breaking the all-time Jeopardy!record for most money won, set back in 2004 by Ken Jennings. At the time, Jennings won 74 games straight and took home a prize of $2,520,700. Holzhauer, on the other hand, has won only half that number of games but has racked up $2,462,216. That leaves him $58,484 shy of Jennings record.
Not only that, Holzhauer also holds the record for most single-game earnings with $131,127. He's set to return to the game show on Monday, when he could break Jennings' record.
The show is just as impressed with Holzhauer's winning streak as we are, so much so that it made a comparison video (above), breaking down the play-by-play and numbers in comparison to Jennings' run. According to the video, Jennings had an accuracy response rate of 91%, while Holzhauer's is currently at 97%.
Jennings is perfectly fine, and clearly happy, to hand his winning streak over to a new champion, telling Good Morning America, "For 15 years, I have thought somebody was going to make a run at this record, because I always knew it could be done. I was there. I saw it happen. What I did not expect was somebody could make a run at the cash record in, like, a third the time."
However, Jennings also joked that he could still contend against the incoming champ, if he were still in his prime. "You know, we'll never know how Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron would have played at the same time because they were decades apart," he said. "Can I have my 2004 brain back if I play this guy? But I think I could hold my own against him, even today, but I would need some breaks."
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