It’s lucky number 17 for “Jeopardy!” champion James Holzhauer.
On Friday night, the 34-year-old professional gambler from Las Vegas, Nev., won his 17th straight “Jeopardy!” match.
His Friday winnings of $49,600 bring him to a grand total of $1,275,587. On April 18, he broke the record for money won in a single game, pocketing more than $130,000.
Though Holzhauer has the fourth-longest winning streak in “Jeopardy!” history, he has a ways to go before he catches leader Ken Jennings. In 2004, the computer scientist turned writer from Seattle, Wash., cruised to victory in a record 74 straight games.
Holzhauer’s success, past champions say, is due to a mix of stellar buzzer timing and encyclopedic knowledge of many topics. He also targets the highest-dollar-value clues first and – drawing on his sports betting prowess – employs savvy wagering skills during Daily Doubles and Final Jeopardy.
Big Apple residents will have to wait until Saturday at 7:30 p.m. to witness Holzhauer’s latest coup: Live coverage of NFL draft on WABC/Ch. 7 in New York City preempted the usual air time for “Jeopardy!” on Friday.
Friday’s haul drops his per-game average to more than $75,000.