James Holzhauer Speaks out about His Crushing Defeat on 'Jeopardy' after 32 Wins in a Row
"Jeopardy!" champion James Holzhauer has reached the end of the line on the show after losing his 33rd game to Emma Boettcher, a 27-year-old Chicago librarian.
It is a sad ending to Holzhauer who came very close to beating the $2.52 million record established by Mark Jennings during a 74-game winning streak in 2004.
It has been reported, however, that Holzhauer has no regrets because he managed to achieve a very remarkable run, perhaps even better than Jennings.
SO CLOSE, YET SO FAR
The 35-year-old contestant fell just $58,484 short of the mark set by Jennings, but while the latter needed 74 games to gather the $2.52 million, Holzhauer only needed 33 to get close.
After being beaten by Boettcher, Holzhauer showed how much of a good sport he is by high-fiving his opponent and later joked that he "shouldn't have invited Drake to the 'Jeopardy!' taping."
Actual photo of James Holzhauer walking off stage at Jeopardy, his reign of destruction completed. pic.twitter.com/Xdf5PFR3QD— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) June 4, 2019
According to him, Boettcher played a perfect game
The reference to the rapper was made based on the alleged curse that, whenever Drake is around, everyone loses. Still, the champion was happy with his performance.
HE GRACEFULLY ACCEPTED DEFEAT
“Nobody likes to lose. But I’m very proud of how I did, and I really exceeded my own expectations for the show. So I don’t feel bad about it.”
During his winning streak, Holzhauer answered correctly 97 percent of the time and won an average of $77,000 per game, but admitted that he lost to a "top-level competitor."
According to him, Boettcher played a perfect game, making a huge Final Jeopardy wager of $20,201, while Holzhauer only bet $1,399, a rather low number compared to his past bets.
Congrats to Emma Boettcher! If someone had to end James Holzhauer's fantastic run, we're glad it was a #librarian. https://t.co/1YrbwQ7aXj The paper for her MLIS degree, “Predicting the Difficulty of Trivia Questions Using Text Features,” relied on #Jeopardy clues.— American Library Association (@ALALibrary) June 4, 2019
THE NEW CHAMPION
Now Boettcher is the one responsible for wearing the crown left behind by Holzhauer. Aside from being a librarian, she recently earned a master of science in information science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
It has been reported that the 27-year-old has always been a diehard fan of "Jeopardy!" and that she used some of the techniques in Holzhauer's strategy book to beat him at his own game.