Professional Sports Gambler Breaks One-Day Jeopardy Record

Alex Trebek
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By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A professional sports gambler is breaking records on Jeopardy.

James Holzhauer made it to final Jeopardy on Tuesday night with more than $72,000.

He was $400 shy of the one-day record when host Alex Trebek read the final clue: "Ironically it's a metaphor meaning a huge step forward, but this two word process only occurs on a subatomic scale."

The 34-year-old from Las Vegas knew the answer was “Quantum Leap,” and bet big, winning last night’s show with a record $110,914.

The total represents his daughter’s birthday, Nov. 9, 2014.

The previous record of $77,000 was set by Roger Craig in 2010.

So far Holzhauer has won $244,000 and of the 133 questions he’s answered, he only got four wrong.