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    A "Jeopardy!" Contestant Won Over $110,000 On A Single Episode Last Night

    It's a new record!

    If you're anything like me, Jeopardy! is a sacred weeknight ritual and a great opportunity to show your significant other and/or roommates that you're smarter than they are.

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    Over the years, many Jeopardy! contestants have made a splash with their smarts and impressive winnings. Ever hear of a guy named Ken Jennings?

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    Well, last night, a new legend emerged in the pantheon of Jeopardy! contestants — James Holzhauer, a 34-year-old professional sports bettor, won $110,914 in one episode, which is a new single-game record.

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

    Officially stanning James on Jeopardy

    This tweet aged very well overnight. I love pure Jeopardy content.

    Holzhauer entered the Final Jeopardy round with a total of $72,600 (following a "true Daily Double" moment and then ANOTHER Daily Double, where he bet $25,000) — and he would have needed only $4,400 to break the record.

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    This is the moment James' $25,000 Daily Double bet paid off. Iconic.

    Instead, James bet $38,314 on this question in Final Jeopardy...

    ...which led him to his grand total of $110,914:

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    In case it wasn't incredible enough, the number has a special significance: It's his daughter's birthday (11/09/14). Hence the, "Happy Birthday Booger" message.

    James's four-day total is now $244,365, but the internet has already crowned him a hero.

    look I understand there’s a lot happening in the world but a guy just won $110k in one episode of Jeopardy and people need to know

    To the guy on Jeopardy that just finished with more than $110k in one game:

    This is insane! It’s not just knowing the right answers but playing the game right & courageously. Impressive. #Jeopardy

    Get yourself a friend who feels the same about James on #Jeopardy

    And here's a great recap of his whole performance, if you like being highly entertained by very smart people:

    Tonight's #Jeopardy in 2 min 8 seconds. ( Oh, and one incorrect answer?? Dude...c'mon! 😆 ) #JeopardyJames

    *Patiently waits for it to be 7 p.m. so I can watch more Jeopardy!*