James Holzhauer’s streak has made a lot of headlines as of late, and it’s looking to be only a matter of time before the professional gambler surpasses the earnings of the game show’s current winnings record holder Ken Jennings. It’s a pretty impressive feat to say the least, and it wouldn’t be surprising to hear that Jennings is just a little miffed his long-standing record may be overtaken.
If he is, he didn’t show it at first, as both men had been pretty cordial when Holzhauer’s streak first began, although that seemingly changed after Holzhauer dropped a particularly saucy insult in reference to Jennings on social media.
Sick burn from James Holzhauer, whose tweet was a reference to how he’s on track to surpass Ken Jennings’ total earnings in way less games than it took Jennings to obtain it. This is thanks to his aggressive betting strategy and capitalizing on Daily Doubles, which gives him commanding leads that often make it mathematically impossible for competitors to beat him by the time Final Jeopardy arrives.
Twitter was, of course, loving the action and the fact that James Holzhauer decided to directly “@” Ken Jennings in his burn. Of course, Jennings was able to fire back with a little ammunition of his own, and reminded Holzhauer that earnings aren’t the only record he holds that the rising star has to conquer to be the all-time champ.
As impressive as James Holzhauer’s streak and total earnings may be, his is still a far cry from the 74 game winning streak that Ken Jennings accomplished in his prime. At the time of writing, Holzhauer has 30 wins, and has had a few close calls that almost brought his time on the show to an end. Is it wise for Holzhauer to take shots at Jennings when he hasn’t even locked down the earnings record?
To be fair, there is some debate as to whether or not it was James Holzhauer that started this beef, because Ken Jennings stirred the pot just a bit during an appearance on ahead of the tweet. Jennings gave credit to Holzhauer and his accomplishments, but added a match up between them wouldn’t necessarily be fair due to Jennings being 15 years removed from his iconic run. With that said, he still added he thinks he’d hold his own.
For a bit of added drama to this situation, many have noticed that James Holzhauer and Ken Jennings don’t follow each other on Twitter. Is there some actual tension between them, or is this two great minds quietly laying the groundwork for a primetime television showdown on ? Can it be both? Seeing Jennings go up against Holzhauer to defend either his streak or earnings would make for peak game show television.
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James Holzhauer’s streak is set to continue, and CinemaBlend will keep tabs on his success and whether or not he and Ken Jennings trade any more snarky remarks in the meantime.