James Holzhauer

American professional sports gambler and game show contestant

James Holzhauer (born July 23, 1984) is the third-highest winner on the American television game show Jeopardy!, and the third-highest winner on a game show.

James Holzhauer
James Holzhauer on The Chase in 2014
Born (1984-07-23) July 23, 1984 (age 39)
Alma materUniversity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (BS)
Known for32-game Jeopardy! winning streak
Melissa Sassin
(m. 2012)

Holzhauer won 32 games, earning $2,462,216. His winning streak lasted from April 4, 2019 to June 3, 2019. During his winning streak, he broke several show records. On April 9, 2019, Holzhauer broke the one-day record with $110,914, breaking the previous record of $77,000 set by Roger Craig in 2010. He broke his own record with $131,127 on April 17, 2019. He is the first and only player in the show's history to win $100,000 or more in a single game; and he holds the top sixteen spots for most single-day winnings.

On June 3, 2019, Holzhauer lost to a player named Emma Boettcher, who went on to win three games of her own before losing. Holzhauer and Boettcher were both brought back for the Tournament of Champions, which aired November 4-15, 2019. In the tournament, Holzhauer defeated Boettcher in the two-day final, winning the $250,000 prize.

In January 2020, Holzhauer faced off against Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in Jeopardy! The Greatest of All-Time, finishing in second place with Jennings winning the $1,000,000 first prize and Holzhauer taking home $250,000 for second place.

Activities after Jeopardy!


Holzhauer first appeared on the American game show The Chase in 2021, appearing as a "Chaser" alongside Jennings and Rutter. >[1]


  1. Pedersen, Erik; Pedersen, Erik (2020-11-10). "ABC Sets Premiere Dates For 'The Bachelor', 'American Idol', 'To Tell The Truth' & New Game Shows". Deadline. Retrieved 2022-10-15.