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In a video message, “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek told fans he will continue to fight and “beat the low survival rate statistics.”
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“Jeopardy!” contestant James Holzhauer is breaking record after record, including his own. 

Holzhauer, a sports gambler by profession, beat the single-game winnings record he set last week by scoring $131,127 on Wednesday’s episode, marking his 10th straight win.

On April 9, Holzhauer shattered former contestant Roger Craig’s single-game earnings record of $77,000 set on Sept. 19, 2010, by racking up $110,914. The number was symbolic for the current champ, who explained that 11/9/14 is his daughter’s birthday. 

But, that record didn’t last long. 

As of Wednesday, the Las Vegas resident has earned $697,787. This puts the 34-year-old behind only Ken Jennings, per a tweet Monday from the official account for the program hosted by Alex Trebek.

Jennings is a “Jeopardy!” legend who made a splash with his 2004 show debut. He boasts 74 consecutive wins, which resulted in $2,520,700, according to the show’s website

Following host Alex Trebek’s revelation that he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March, Jennings recalled a fond memory to Vulture

“I went into the after-party a little bit shell-shocked,” Jennings remembered after losing a “Jeopardy!” tournament in 2014. “As Alex was on his way out, he walked by me and I just wanted to say, ‘Hi, thank you,’ and how much he meant to me. So I said, ‘Alex, I don’t know what to say.’ I literally couldn’t say anything from my mouth,” he said. 

“He just looked at me with that reassuring, avuncular gaze and put a hand on my shoulder and went, ‘I know, I know,’ Jennings recalled. ‘”Like, ‘We’re men. You don’t have to say how much me and “Jeopardy!” mean to you, I understand what you mean.’ And then he walked out of the party.”

Contributing: Cydney Henderson

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