James Holzhauer — the professional sports gambler from Naperville who averaged $76,944 in winnings during his 32-game streak on “Jeopardy!” — has become a cultural phenomenon.
What has this contrarian strategist accomplished and how did he accomplish this? The numbers perhaps give us an answer:
O: Number of Daily Double clues answered incorrectly by Holzhauer in game’s “Double Jeopardy” round (Note: Holzhauer is 50-for-50 on these high-money wagers.)
2: Number of games (out of 32) Holzhauer could have lost if he answered incorrectly in “Final Jeopardy.”
5: Number of games in which Holzhauer won more than $100,000.
15: Number of games in which Holzhauer won more than $80,000.
8: Number of times Holzhauer wagered $11,914 in Daily Doubles (his daughter’s birthday: 11-9-14.)
9: Number of times Holzhauer wagered $9,812 in Daily Doubles (his wedding date: 9-8-12.)
11: Number of “perfect games” — no incorrect responses — recorded by Holzhauer (includes clues in Final Jeopardy.)
13: Number of games Holzhauer had only one incorrect response (through 31 games.)
24: Number of games in which Holzhauer had either zero or one incorrect response (through 31 games.)
13: According to Holzhauer, approximate number of years he tried to get on “Jeopardy!” before being selected as a contestant. Holzhauer, 34, began trying in college. (Note: He reportedly took the online exam six times.)
15: Number of spots Holzhauer holds in Top 15 all-time winnings for single show (through 31 games.)
25: Number of Daily Doubles “found” by Holzhauer in the game’s first round.
24: Number of times Holzhauer went “all in” on these first-round Daily Doubles.
$9,812: Amount Holzhauer wagered the only time he did not go “all in” (out of a possible bet of $10,400.)
37.15: Through 24 games, the average number of correct responses per game by Holzhauer (includes Final Jeopardy.)
35.9: Average number of correct responses per game by winnings record-holder Ken Jennings (includes Final Jeopardy.)
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