Gambler Shares Winning Jeopardy Strategy

James Holzhauer's Jeopardy! winnings now top a million dollars.

The professional sports gambler (who also has a degree in math) won for the 14th consecutive day Tuesday, which puts him in fourth place on the show's all-time consecutive wins list.

The 34-year-old from Las Vegas is also the second person in Jeopardy! history to earn more than one-million-dollars. Ken Jennings is the all-time champion with a 74-game winning streak that netted him two-and-a-half million. (By the way, he'd love to have a "death match" against Jennings... but Jennings says it's a "young man's game" and he hasn't been training for it as recently as Holzhauer, so he'd be at a disadvantage.)

So how does he do it? Holzhauer shared some of his winning strategy with NPR:

Start at the bottom of the board, so you can set up a bankroll to maximize betting.

Jump around between categories to try to throw off your opponents.

Be selectively aggressive. "You need to pick your spots and bet big when you identify them. That's basically my 'Jeopardy!' strategy in a nutshell."

And it helps if you know the answers, too!

 
 
 

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