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The Streak Is Over! James Holzhauer’s Legendary Jeopardy Run Finally Comes To An End

One of the greatest runs in television game show has finally met its end!

James Holzhauer saw his reign as Jeopardy champion come to an end last night when he was dethroned by librarian, Emma Boettcher!

Heading into Final Jeopardy, he was a mere $58,484 from Ken Jennings’ all-time record. Throughout his run, he’s been known for his aggressive style but this time he only wagered $1,399 of his earnings. He got the question correct to give him a total of $24,799 for the game. Boettcher, who was leading going into the final round, also answered correctly but wagered $20,201 to finished  with $46,801.

Holzhauer’s low wager left fans and host Alex Trebek, puzzled as to why he wasn’t he didn’t bet higher. He provided some insight on the choice:

“I knew I could only win if Emma missed Final Jeopardy, as there was no way she wouldn’t bet to cover my all-in bet. So my only concern was getting overtaken by third place, and I bet just enough to make sure of locking him out. Betting big would have looked good for the cameras, but now I turn my straight bet (Boettcher misses) into a parlay (Boettcher misses and I get it right),”

Holzhauer ends his run on Jeopardy with 32-consecutive wins and over $2.4 million in earnings.

Do you think there will ever be another historic Jeopardy run like the one James Holzhauer had?

Read more at USAtoday.com

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