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Jeopardy! Champion James Holzhauer: Menace or Delight?
Jun 4, 2019 at 01:11 PM

The Quick Facts

  • Last night, Jeopardy! champion James Holzhauer’s impressive winning streak finally came to an end when he lost to contestant Emma Boettcher.
  • Holzhauer won 32 straight games on Jeopardy! since first appearing on the show in April, and his performance was described as phenomenal. He amassed a total earnings of $2,464,216.
  • The end of Holzhauer’s run left him shy of several Jeopardy! all-time records: he fell short of Jeopardy! prodigy Ken Jennings, who won $2,522,700 over a 74-game winning streak in 2004.
  • However, Holzhauer did shatter records pertaining to single and five-day winnings. In his 4th episode he broke the previous single-game winnings record, and exceeded it in 16 games following.
  • Holzhauer was also notable for his unique style of play. He is a professional sports gambler who employed aggressive tactics to the game: he would select the highest-value clues first, and then hunt down the Daily Doubles. He would usually bet large amounts or all of his accumulated sum on Daily Doubles and the Final Jeopardy! round.

Food For Thought

What is James Holzhauer’s Jeopardy! legacy? Did he make the show boring or more fun to watch?

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