Contact: Stacey Welling
Phone: (702) 455-3201
5/2/2019

Commission Chairman Kirkpatrick to Present `Jeopardy!' Champ With Key to Las Vegas Strip, Proclamation

Clark County Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick will present "Jeopardy!" sensation James Holzhauer with a proclamation and key to the Las Vegas Strip at 1 p.m. today during a ceremony at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign. The proclamation will declare today as James Holzhauer Day throughout Clark County.

Holzhauer, a Las Vegas resident and professional sports bettor, has dazzled audiences with his knowledge of academic, historic and popular subject categories and his ongoing winning streak on the popular TV show. So far Holzhauer has won more than $1.5 million, second on the show's all-time list to Ken Jennings of Edmonds, Wash., who won 74 straight games in 2004 amassing $2.5 million in winnings. At today's ceremony, the Commission Chairman will recognize Holzhauer as a goodwill ambassador for Las Vegas and for his generosity to the community. Holzhauer has pledged to donate some of his winnings to local charities, including $10,000 to the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, which he frequently visits with his wife and their young daughter. 

"Las Vegas residents like the rest of the nation have been glued to our televisions watching and rooting for James as he continues his winning streak on 'Jeopardy!,'" Commissioner Kirkpatrick said. "It's a pleasure to recognize his accomplishment on the show and to thank him for being a terrific ambassador for our community."

"Jeopardy!" airs locally on CBS KLAS-TV, Channel 8, at 7 p.m. Holzhauer has competed on the show 20 times since his first appearance on April 4, 2019. He holds several of the show's Hall of Fame records for amassing the most winnings in a single game. His study strategy included reading children's books. On the show, he seeks out high-value clues first, hunting for Daily Doubles. When he finds them, he bets everything he has with his trademark "all-in" hand gesture, as if he's pushing poker chips to the center of the table. 

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