‘Jeopardy!’ contestant sets record with $110k win

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Holzhauer's total winnings have accumulated to $244,365.

His final wager was carefully chosen so that he could end up with exactly $110,914, a number he has admitted references his daughter's birthday of November 9, 2014. Jennings is the legendary contestant who won 74 straight games in 2004 to win more than $2.5 million. He'll be back Wednesday to face more challengers.

While plenty of viewers were no doubt scratching their heads at that one, Holzhauer correctly wrote down "WHAT IS QUANTUM LEAP". The question was accompanied by the note "Happy birthday Booger", a salute to his daughter.

Holzhauer broke the record previously held by Roger Craig. Holzhauer actually could have reached the mark earlier in his run, as Jeopardy! noted in a video it posted on Twitter earlier in the week. In 2014, he was a contestant on an episode of The Chase, putting in a strong performance, which, he said, prepared him well for his latest success.

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"I get nervous on Jeopardy", he confessed. Aside from his game show exploits, Holzhauer is also a competitive bridge player and a professional sports gambler. The episode that aired Tuesday was taped February 11.

"Is it too soon to start thinking about Ken Jennings comparisons?" "I can't imagine Jeopardy hosted by anybody else".

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