'Jeopardy!' juggernaut James Holzhauer moves closer to $2 million winnings with 25th win

Bill Keveney

Another day, another triumph for reigning "Jeopardy!" champ James Holzhauer.

Holzhauer, 34, recorded his 25th consecutive win on Wednesday's edition of the popular quiz show.

With $71,885 in winnings Wednesday, Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, now sits at $1,939,027 in total prize money. He would cross the $2 million barrier with one more victory at his current daily average of $77,561.

Holzhauer's streak has spurred renewed interest in the venerable quiz show, which –with host Alex Trebek – is celebrating its 35th anniversary season. 

Holzhauer ranks second all-time in "Jeopardy!" victories and prize money. He trails only Ken Jennings, who remains in the top spot on both lists: 74 victories and $2,520,700 in prize winnings.

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Although the current champ remains far from Jennings' win total, he's closing in on the money crown based on a playing strategy that features picking higher-dollar clues first and betting aggressively on Daily Doubles.

Holzhauer's average daily winnings eclipse the previous one-day high, $77,000, set by Roger Craig in 2010. If he keeps winning and continues at that winnings pace, he will be surpass Jennings' money mark with fewer than 10 more victories.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'Jeopardy!' juggernaut James Holzhauer moves closer to $2 million winnings with 25th win