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Jeopardy! Contestant Crushes Single-Game Winnings Record

A quantum leap helped Jeopardy! contestant James Holzhauer take home a six-figure sum of money on Tuesday. More specifically, Holzhauer correctly wrote down “WHAT IS QUANTUM LEAP” in response to the Final Jeopardy answer and wagered $38,314 to take push his single-day winnings to $110,914. This final total not only lapped his opponents a few times—who had totals of $7000 and $6,400—but it also quite easily beat out the previous single-day record ($77,000) that Roger Craig set in 2010.

Here’s Holzhauer breaking the record along with Alex Trebek talking up comparisons to former world-beater Ken Jennings like he was setting up a title fight:

Of course, the most impressive part is not his winning total, but the fact that Holzhauer was so confident in the Final Jeopardy category*, he was able to make his record-breaking sum a number that looked like his daughter’s birthday (11/09/14).

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