It’s lucky No. 20 for “Jeopardy” champion James Holzauer.
On Wednesday night, the professional gambler notched his 20th straight victory on the popular game show, earning $101,682 and bringing his total to $1,528,012.
The 34-year-old Las Vegas resident is now tied with the runner-up for the most consecutive victories: Julia Collins. The Wellesley graduate was a supply chain manager when she polished off her 20-game streak in 2014 – winning $494,767 – and now runs a nonprofit, Girls Like You and Me, that shares stories of female professional success.
If Holzhauer can pull off a 21st win on Thursday, he will hold the second-longest streak title solo – and start chasing after Ken Jennings’ 74-game streak.
Hozhauer’s stunning success – why his 20-game total is so much higher than Collins’ – has been chalked up to lightning-fast buzzer timing and audaciously high bets; his brazenness is likely a result of his sports betting expertise.
“He’s perpetually fascinating, but the games are boring,” Manhattan bartender and 12-game streak-winner Austin Rogers said last week, when The Post quizzed past Jeopardy! champions on Holzhauer’s strategy. “It’s like watching a Steph Curry 3-point onslaught and it’s a 131-98 game. What’s the point in that?”
Even as he marches down the long road Jennings paved in 2004, Holzhauer is No. 1 in at least one category. The $131,127 he took home on April 17 marked the highest ever for a single match.
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