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    Jeopardy contestant James Holzhauer wins $$771,920 in 11 days...

    And he holds the single day total winnings record of $131,127.


    IN HIS 11-GAME run, James Holzhauer has dominated Jeopardy! like no one before. That's no exaggeration. He already holds the four highest-scoring games in the show's history, and his $771,920 regular-season winnings surpass all but one player in the Jeopardy! firmament: Ken Jennings.

    You remember Jennings. In 2004, he went on a 74-game, $2,520,700 romp, shattering Jeopardy! records along the way. No one since has lasted more than 20 games, and no one has come anywhere near as close to the money record, especially not this quickly. In fact, at this same point in his own streak, Jennings had accumulated less than half of Holzhauer's haul so far. At this rate, Holzhauer will surpass Jennings by the end of May.

    Statistically speaking, Jennings and Holzhauer are near mirrors. Jeopardy! home players keep tabs on what's known as their Coryat score, named after two-day champion Karl Coryat. In a blog post written shortly after his 1996 appearance, Coryat suggested the best way to measure one's progress was to exclude wagers—in Daily Doubles and the Final Jeopardy round, players can bet a portion of their winnings—from final tallies. Through 11 games, Jennings and Holzhauer have average Coryat scores of $29,127 and $29,400, respectively...

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    Jeopardy Wasn’t Designed for a Contestant Like James Holzhauer

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