How long can James Holzhauer keep winning?
The 34-year-old professional gambler has had a steady run on “Jeopardy,” with very few wrong answers, enabling him to earn an impressive $2,462,216 so far, close to making “Jeopardy!” history by breaking the all-time non-tournament prize money record of $2,520,700, set by Ken Jennings in 2004.
He could continue winning indefinitely, after a 2003 rule change that no longer limits “Jeopardy!” champions to five consecutive days on the show before they are forcibly retired. (Even then, they could return for champions’ tournaments to supplement their winnings.)
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But a new video clip posted to Twitter on Sunday night appears to show Holzhauer finally meeting his match. Both new contestants featured in the apparent leaked video clip, Emma Boettcher and Jay Sexton, are slated to appear on Monday night’s episode, per the official “Jeopardy!” website. USA TODAY has reached out to “Jeopardy!” representatives for comment.
In the clip, Holzhauer— who made waves on the show by strategically making large bets— correctly answers the final round question but bids a “modest” wager “for the first time,” as host Alex Trebek notes.
An online video clip appears to show James Holzhauer's historic "Jeopardy!" run coming to an end.
The clip does not include the final clue. But Holzhauer’s opponents both answered correctly (“Who is Kit Marlowe?”), and Chicago librarian Boettcher, who entered the final round in the lead, bet nearly double her earnings to win it all.
“What a game, oh my gosh,” Trebek remarks as Holzhauer walks over to high five his successor.
We’ll take “end of an era” for 500, Alex.
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