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This file image made from video and provided by Jeopardy Productions, Inc. shows "Jeopardy!" contestant James Holzhauer on an episode that aired on April 17, 2019.

SALT LAKE CITY — Recent "Jeopardy!” star James Holzhauer reached another milestone on Tuesday night, achieving his 19th victory on the quiz show, according to USA Today.

Holzhauer is now tied with Steve Madden for third place on the show's all-time list for most consecutive wins. He’s only one victory behind Julia Collins, USA Today reported.

However, he remains well behind Ken Jennings, who won the game show 74 times in a row since 2003 when "Jeopardy!” started allowing champions to return for more than five games, according to USA Today.

Totals: Holzhauer won $96,276 on Tuesday night, bringing his total to $1,426,330, which is more than halfway to Jennings' all-time record of $2.5 million.

Flashback: Tuesday night wasn’t as dramatic as Monday night. Holzhauer squeaked by with an $18 victory on Monday night, barely achieving his 18th straight victory, which I wrote about for the Deseret News.

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Yes, but: Michael Day, a former contestant on “Jeopardy!,” wrote for The Atlantic on Tuesday that Holzhauer’s run has made “Jeopardy!” “more exciting." However, he criticized Holzhauer’s strategy of betting big.

  • Day wrote that betting big may lead to bigger overall earnings, but could lead a contestant to lose big too.
  • “With this strategy, I think he has a good shot at beating Jennings’ overall earnings, but I don’t see him winning anywhere near the 74 consecutive games Jennings won,” Day wrote.