The Current 'Jeopardy!' Champ Is Breaking All Kinds of Records

April 18, 2019
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I've been watching Jeopardy! after dinner ever since I was a little kid. I don't think I've ever seen ANYTHING like the current champion, James Holzhauer. James seems to know everything (and appears to be an ALT music fan, based on the way he sang "Better Man" by Pearl Jam last night). He's got ridiculously precise timing with the buzzer. And he has a high risk/high reward approach to Daily Doubles, which has resulted in single-day winnings over $100k THREE TIMES. Literally Jeopardy! history in the making.

James claims to be a sports gambler, but he might actually be a robot - and either way, it's so much fun watching him play. And at a time when all Jeopardy! fans are rallying behind Alex Trebek as he battles cancer, it's good to feel joy. Here's a little more about James's strategy - including how children's books contribute to his success - and here's a look at James in action.