James Holzhauer — the “Jeopardy!” contestant winning prize money at a torrid pace — has a history of breaking the bank … ’cause he set records on another show called, “The Chase.”
TMZ got details about the current “Jeopardy!” phenom’s 2014 domination of ‘Chase’ … a Game Show Network hit. As is his style, Holzhauer started out hot in the opening “cash builder” round, answering 12 questions correctly — often before host Brooke Burns even finished asking them.
The 12 right answers for $60k broke the previous record and was never topped in 51 episodes of “The Chase” — and, get this … it could have been 13 answers if he was a Jason Mraz fan. You gotta see it.
There’s more — James also set the high mark in “The Final Chase” round by answering 19 questions correctly for his team. This record also still stands.
When it was all said and done, Holzhauer’s team of 3 won $175k and split it evenly.
What’s interesting … at one point, Holzhauer was offered a chance by the show’s titular “chaser,” Mark “The Beast” Labbett, to win more money, and he declined … opting to take the conservative route.
If you’ve been watching him on “Jeopardy!” … you know he likes to bet BIG. James later revealed he crunched the numbers and determined the larger payoff on ‘Chase’ wasn’t worth the gamble.
Holzhauer became the second person in “Jeopardy!” history to surpass $1 million in winnings in non-tournament play Wednesday, and owns the single-show record of $131,127. He also now holds the top 7 daily totals, and is well on his way to catching Ken Jennings, who won a total of $2.5 million over 74 games.
James has done all his damage in just 15 games.
BTW — “The Chase” aired from 2013 to 2015, and reruns can be seen daily at 3 PM on the GSN.