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James Holzhauer
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TV Game Show Contestant
    (July 1984- )
    Born in Naperville, Illinois
    Professional sports gambler
    Jeopardy! champion (April 4-June 3, 2019)
    Won 32 overall games
    Won $2,464,216
    Nicknamed 'Jeopardy James'
    He admitted to skipping class and foregoing homework, as a kid, to play online poker.
    Despite having a promising professional future after graduating, he moved to Las Vegas to bet professionally on sports and play competitive bridge.
    He was a contestant on The Chase.
    His Jeopardy! strategy was to go after the higher value questions first to amass a sizable war chest before Daily Doubles, as opposed to what he called 'bouncing around from category to category.'
    When Jeopardy took a break from regular play for Teacher's Week, ratings took a dive and it was attributed to his absence (which Alex Trebek pointed out on his return).
    Many believe his threw his final game for unspecified reasons.
    He failed to match reigning champion Ken Jennings' earnings and wins - falling short by $56,484 and 42 wins.
    He was an advanced student who skipped second-grade, and, at seven, moved up to the fifth grade.
    In high school, he led his classmates to first-place in the State Academic Challenge Finals.
    He credits upping his trivia game to reading children's books.
    He regularly sent messages to his family with his Jeopardy bets.
    At the peak of his winning streak, Tom Brady tweeted a promise to 'eat a strawberry' if he lost a game that night.
    He jokingly attributed his loss to 'the Drake curse.'
    His average winnings of $74,673 per episode were just short of the previous one-day record ($77,000, set by Roger Craig in 2010).
    He donated $10,000 of his wins to a Las Vegas organization for displaced teens.

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