Carol Kaelson, Jeopardy Productions, Inc. via Associated Press
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. On his 14th appearance Tuesday, April 23, 2019, Holzhauer eclipsed the $1 million mark in winnings. (Jeopardy Productions, Inc. via AP)

SALT LAKE CITY — James Holzhauer’s winning streak on “Jeopardy!” is now old enough to drink.

  • Holzhauer earned his 21st victory in a row on Thursday night, For The Win reports. He won $80,615 in just one night, which brings his total to $1,608,627 throughout his run on “Jeopardy!”
  • Holzhauer has now topped Julia Collins in the all-time winning streak list. The two were tied with 20 wins going into Thursday night. Collins remains the highest-earning woman in “Jeopardy!” history, according to The New York Post.
  • Holzhauer only remains behind Ken Jennings, who snagged 74 victories in a row back in 2004. Jennings racked up $2,520,700 during his iconic run. This doesn’t include any of his guest appearances or tournament play earnings.

By the numbers: Holzhauer’s per-game average earnings are $76,601, which is higher than Jennings’ $34,064 per game.

Yes, but: Part of Holzhauer’s strategy is to bet big during his matches. That’s why Michael Day of The Atlantic said Holzhauer will likely surpass Jennings’ win total in fewer games. However, reaching 74 straight wins seems more daunting, which I wrote about for the Deseret News.

  • “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.
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Similar: Gene Seymour wrote for CNN that he’s not feeling Holzhauer’s run because his success hurts our own feelings.

  • “What is it with this guy Holzhauer? Even if you can call out as many correct answers from your sofa as he does, you suspect you still couldn't press that button as fast as he can or can play that answer board the way Garry Kasparov can get all his chess pieces on the other side before you can blink. At best, you're humbled by his scorched-earth tactics. At worst, you can feel the icy tendrils of mortification creeping up your spine.”