We’ll take “Say It Isn’t So!” for $1000, Alex!
After 32 consecutive victories, James Holzhauer has been dethroned as the champion of the hit show, Jeopardy!
In an episode airing Monday across the United States, Holzhauer is beat by Emma Boettcher, a librarian from Chicago, in Final Jeopardy.
Coincidentally, Holzhauer was stopped on the same day he was on pace to beat the longstanding record for total money won, which is held by Ken Jennings. Jennings won $2.52 million in 2004, when he won 74 consecutive games. Holzhauer ends his 33 day streak having won $2,464,216.
A sports gambler from Vegas, Holzhauer had electrified audiences over his winning streak because of the unique strategy of picking big money questions first, and then betting big if he got a Double Jeopardy question. He averaged over $76,000 every game he won.
Perhaps the most impressive stat of all is that Holzhauer got 97% of the questions he buzzed in for correct!
With Jeopardy! constantly bringing back previous champions in tournaments in other special events, let’s hope we haven’t seen the last of James Holzhauer!