James Holzhauer’s reign as “Jeopardy!” champ FINALLY came to an end yesterday. After 32 straight wins and more than $2.4 million in winnings, James lost to a Chicago librarian named Emma Boettcher. And the tragedy is that James came into last night’s game only about $58,000 short of KEN JENNINGS’ all-time record of $2.52 million.
James ends his run with $2,464,216. That includes the $2,000 he “earned” last night for coming in SECOND.
So how did James lose? Well, he entered Final Jeopardy TRAILING Boettcher. He had $23,400, and she had $26,600. They both got the correct answer, but James had only bet $1,399, while she wagered $20,201. That gave her a grand total of $46,801. She beat James by $22,002. James knew that Emma would bet enough in Final Jeopardy to beat him even if he BET IT ALL, which she did. She ended up with $46,801, while James would have had $46,800 if he went all in.