James Holzhauer chases 'Jeopardy!' history

7:32 p.m. ET, May 2, 2019

Our live coverage of tonight's "Jeopardy!" episode is over. Scroll through the posts below to see how it unfolded.

7:30 p.m. ET, May 2, 2019

James Holzhauer just earned the second-longest winning streak in "Jeopardy!" history

James Holzhauer, a professional sports bettor from Las Vegas, just won his 21st game, earning him the second-longest winning streak in "Jeopardy!" history.

Holzhauer won $80,615 tonight, bringing his 21-day total to $1,608,627.

Today's final clue was this: "A character in this 1944 play is said to be like a piece of her own collection, "too exquisitely fragile to move from the shelf."

The correct answer was "The Glass Menagerie."

Holzhauer is inching closer to Ken Jennings' top record of $2,520,700. Jennings has the longest winning streak with 74 games.

7:28 p.m. ET, May 2, 2019

Holzhauer just bid his anniversary date

James Holzhauer, who was already significantly ahead, just hit the Daily Double. He bid $9,812, his anniversary date, because his wife is in the audience.

The question was about the babblefish used for translation in Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Just moments later, James hit a second Daily Double, adding $7,000 to his total.

7:11 p.m. ET, May 2, 2019

Holzhauer is tied with Josh Archibaldseiffer after the first round

James Holzhauer and Josh Archibaldseiffer are tied with $4,000 after the first round of "Jeopardy!"

"Two fellas off to a good start," host Alex Trebek said before breaking to a commercial.

Jessica Efron Sauer is behind with $1,000.

7:00 p.m. ET, May 2, 2019

It's time for "Jeopardy!"

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It's 7 p.m. ET, and "Jeopardy!" just started in parts of the East Coast.

James Holzhauer, a professional sports bettor from Las Vegas, is competing in his 21st game.

So far he's won $1,528,012, and he's tied with Julia Collins for the second-longest winning streak in the show's history. Both Holzhauer and Collins, who was on the show in 2014, have 20-day winning streaks.

We'll be covering tonight's game live here.

6:50 p.m. ET, May 2, 2019

Meet the contestants facing James Holzhauer tonight

James Holzhauer is competing in his 21st game of "Jeopardy!" tonight.

These are the two players he'll take on:

  • Jessica Efron Sauer, a bookkeeper from Munster, Indiana
  • Josh Archibaldseiffer, a music director and pianist from Seattle, Washington
7:31 p.m. ET, May 1, 2019

James Holzhauer is tied for the second-longest winning streak in "Jeopardy!" history

With his 20th "Jeopardy!" win, James Holzhauer is now tied for the second-longest winning streak in the show's history.

Holzhauer ended up with $101,682 today. His 20-day total is now $1,528,012.

Today's final clue was this: "Of the four riders mentioned in Revelation 6, only this one is explicitly named."

The correct answer was "Death."

Both Holzhauer and Julia Collins, who was on the show in 2014, have 20-day winning streaks. Ken Jennings holds the record of the longest streak, which lasted 74 games in 2004, according to the show's Hall of Fame.

7:26 p.m. ET, May 1, 2019

It's another runaway game for James Holzhauer

It's time for Final Jeopardy and James Holzhauer has $60,898. Imar Dacunha is in a (very distant) second place with $8,200, and Kate Jay Zweifler has $4,200.

That means it's another runaway game for Holzhauer (This happens when the leader has more than double the total of the second place contestant).

According to Jeopardy's website, 17 of Holzhauer's previous 19 games have been runaways.

Tonight's Final Jeopardy topic is "The King James Bible" — which might be fitting for King James of "Jeopardy!"

7:14 p.m. ET, May 1, 2019

James Holzhauer's 4-year-old daughter is a world traveler

James Holzhauer just told another story about his 4-year-old daughter. (Remember: Yesterday, he told us about how she delights in retelling a story about the time a llama spit in her dad's face.)

Today, Holzhauer explained that his daughter has already been to been to 14 countries.

But she's still a typical 4-year-old: "Right now all she cares about is which country has the best playgrounds."

"I am really hoping that she can see that the distance between us and other cultures is not as great as we sometimes think it is," Holzhauer said.