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'Jeopardy!' contestant officially holds the 2nd longest winning streak in the show's history

Posted: 5:28 PM, May 02, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-03 00:28:48Z
'Jeopardy!' contestant officially holds the 2nd longest winning streak in the show's history

Twenty-one wins later, and James Holzhauer is now in second place on the " Jeopardy! " all-time consecutive wins list.

Holzhauer won $80,615 on Thursday's episode, bringing his total to $1,608,627.

The final clue from the night was: "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 "What is 'The Glass Menagerie?'"

The 34-year-old from Las Vegas is already No. 2 on the all-time regular season cash winnings list. He also holds the "Jeopardy!" record for single-day cash winnings.

Outside of the other contestant's he'll face, Holzhauer's long-term challenge is beating Ken Jennings : the only person who remains in the top spot for both consecutive wins and cash earnings.

And it could take a while. Jennings won 74 games and cashed out at $2,520,700.

Holzhauer uses a controversial method known as the "Forrest Bounce," which has helped him get so far on the show. With this strategy, a contestant jumps from category to category, choosing tiles out of order to throw off opponents.

Holzhauer's next game is Friday.