Pro Gambler Sets Jeopardy Single Game Record

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This week a professional sports gambler took to the popular TV game show Jeopardy! and ended up smashing the single game record for winnings, taking home $110,914 in the 22 minute episode.

The big winner is James Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler who has used his smarts to look for insights on events, which he then lays bets down on. James took to Jeopardy and has so far racked up $244,365 in winnings, with the biggest haul being the record $110,914. The previous record was $77,000, which was set by Roger Craig in 2010, but was shattered by the plucky sports bettor.

Holzhauer won the money by betting big on the game's Daily Double squares, which allow you to wager your banked amount for a chance to double up if you get the answer correctly. He hit the first Daily Double and wagered $14,600, getting the answer correct. For the second Daily Double he bet $25,000 and once again nailed that answer. He went to the Final Jeopardy challenge and wagered $38,314 to bring his total for the day to $110,914.

Without a doubt, Holzhauer took advantage of the game by betting big on the challenges, a thing that many players are too afraid to take advantage of, as they're not used to having that large a sum of money going to their bank account.

Did you watch the game? If so, let us know what you were thinking as Holzhauer racked up the cash.

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Dustin Jermalowicz
Dustin has a long-standing passion for gambling. He has been writing professionally on the subject and breaking industry news for Casino Listings since 2011. His favorite casino games include Blackjack, Poker, and Hi/Lo. A proud native of Detroit, Dustin currently lives in Michigan.
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15 April 2019 - 6:15pm

No Slim , I've had never watched that show, what's the challenges there anyway?
I guess these are not just a sports related questions he had to answer right?

But I'm not surprised a guy who's supposedly a pro sports bettor could take advantage of a TV show no matter of the theme...from what I know under 1% of the people who had ever tried to be a professional sports betting predictors have ever succeed...and success there could sometimes turn into failure in a blink of an eye.. one wrong decision is all you need for that.