A Professional Gambler Shattered the One-Day Record on 'Jeopardy!'

April 10, 2019

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A professional sports gambler has broken the one-day record on "Jeopardy!" during an episode that aired Tuesday night with nearly $111,000 in cash winnings.

James Holzhauer, a 34-year-old from Las Vegas, entered Final Jeopardy with more than $72,000. The previous record of $77,000 was set by Roger Craig in 2010.

The final clue read by host Alex Trebek: "Ironically it's a metaphor meaning a huge step forward, but this two word process only occurs on a subatomic scale."

Holzhauer correctly responded "quantum leap," and made a precise wager to wind up with $110,914. The total represents his daughter's birthday: Nov. 9, 2014.

Holzhauer has won more than $244,000 in four winning appearances. Of the 133 questions he has answered, he has gotten just four wrong.