James Holzhauer is an American game show contestant and professional sports gambler residing in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is best known for holding the single-game record on Jeopardy! ($131,127) on April 17, 2019.  
Holzhauer is currently the reigning champion, with a grand total of $1,691,008 won on the game show.
Early Life & Education
James Holzhauer is a native of Naperville, Illinois. According to his father, Juergen Holzhauer, James excelled in math and science at an early age. At 4 years old, he was written up in the Chicago Tribune for his math. In junior high school, he was on the Mathcounts team.
Holzhauer then attended Naperville North High School where he excelled academically and competed in the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering state competition. He won state championships during his junior and senior years, including a first place victory in physics and second place finish in math.[+]
After succeeding in online poker during college, James Holzhauer started his own strategy website where he eventually got his sports betting bankroll. He started betting on baseball games, but expanded to American football, hockey, and basketball.[+]
While doing so, he started his own pet project by learning as much trivia as he could. He would check out children's library books on subjects of which he was not knowledge enough anytime he felt he did not know enough about that particular subject. His strategy was to find the most basic level of content to read on the matter.[+]
Game Show Career
James Holzhauer began competing on Jeopardy! on April 4, 2019. He is known for placing wagers that represent dates that are memorable to him, including birthdays and wedding anniversaries of loved ones.
On April 9, 2019 Holzhauer broke the single game record, winning $110,914. Amazingly, Holzhauer strategically positioned his winnings to match his daughter's birthday, October 9, 2014 (10/09/14). Holzhauer has competed in ten Jeopardy! games as of April 17, 2019, winning a total of $566,660. He holds the second highest winnings in the history of Jeopardy! after Ken Jennings. 
On Thursday, April 18, 2019, Holzhauer broke his own single-game winnings mark with $131,127 to capture his 10th straight victory on the game show. He became the 8th player in Jeopardy! history to accomplish the feat; Ken Jennings holds with all-time record with 74 straight wins.
He has won $851,926 during his 12-day streak and owns the five most prolific single-day performances ever on the show. 
On April 19, 2019, he won $80,006, which is fifth all-time in one-day earnings on Jeopardy! He now owns the top five one-day totals on the game show and six of the top eight.
On April 22, 2019, Holzhauer won $90,812, which is third all-time in one-day earnings on Jeopardy!
On April 23, 2019, he won $118,816, which is the second-highest one-day total of all time. He also passed the $1,000,000 total winnings mark in 14 games; it took Ken Jennings 30 games to reach the same milestone.
On April 26, 2019, Holzhauer announced on Facebook that Jeopardy!'s show producers informed him that the rules have changed and he is no longer allowed to give shoutouts on Final Jeopardy. April 29 became the first day Holzhauer did not give a shoutout for his written answer.
In early May 2019, the teachers tournament on Jeopardy! began, which put James Holzhauer's winning streak on hold. He will defend his title on May 20, 2019.
|Game #||Date||Right||Wrong||Winnings||Answer (Final Jeopardy)|
|1||April 4, 2019||32||1||$43,680||What is Great Salt Lake ? Happy birthday Jack|
|2||April 5, 2019||23||1||$38,926||What is Berlin <3 Happy Anniversary M!|
|3||April 8, 2019||31||1||$50,845||Who are the Munchkins? Happy Birthday Pops <3|
|4||April 9, 2019||43||1||$110,914||What is quantum leap Happy Birthday Booger <3|
|5||April 10, 2019||32||2||$54,322||Who are the Romanovs Happy Birthday Pete <3|
|6||April 11, 2019||25||3||$27,190||Who is Madonna Happy Birthday Scarlett|
|7||April 12, 2019||33||0||$89,158||What is Fahrenheit 451 Happy Bday Scarlett <3|
|8||April 15, 2019||38||2||$45,444||What is Iwo Jima flag raising hbd Michael|
|9||April 16, 2019||43||2||$106,181||What is Crimea Happy birthday no one!|
|10||April 17, 2019||41||0||$131,127||Who is Atticus Finch This is for you Granny <3|
|11||April 18, 2019||40||0||$74,133||Who is Aquaman Hi Katie & Jo Jo <3|
|12||April 19, 2019||36||4||$80,006||What are George, Edward & Henry Happy Birthday Katy <3|
|13||April 22, 2019||37||0||$90,812||Who is Lord Elgin ? Hi Zach Emma & Lilly <3 <3|
|14||April 23, 2019||41||1||$118,816||Who are U.S. Grant & R.E. Lee Hi Autumn <3|
|15||April 24, 2019||37||1||$73,621||What is Bermuda Triangle hi Benjamin|
|16||April 25, 2019||36||1||$90,812||What is Europium ? Hi Jessa <3|
|17||April 26, 2019||34||2||$49,600||What is Deerslayer ? Hi Tuesday|
|18||April 29, 2019||28||1||$54,017||What is a Chamber of Commerce ?|
|19||April 30, 2019||44||0||$96,726||What is Bonn ?|
|20||May 1, 2019||43||0||$101,682||What is Death?|
|21||May 2, 2019||36||4||$80,615||What is The Glass Menagerie ?|
|22||May 3, 2019||44||0||$82,381||What is crowdfunding ?|