James Holzhauer was one of the three contestants on 'Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time.' He competed alongside Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter to determine who was truly the greatest 'Jeopardy!' player of all time. Jennings won last night according to Pop Culture taking home the grand prize of $32,800. Holzhauer fell right behind with $22,800. Rutter lost with only $2,000 after making a big wager. Despite losing to Jennings, Holzhauer had nothing but positive words to say about his experience on this ultimate championship battle.
"I'm sure we all wished it could have gone seven nights, but we got the next big thing: a dominant performance with a clear winner to settle the GOAT debate," Holzhauer tweeted.
"Ken has graciously said he 'had to play like James to beat James,' but the entire basis of my strategy was 'let's pretend I'm playing against a [Ken Jennings] every game, just in case I actually am.' (In my 33rd game, [Jeopardy Emma] was equal to Ken on his best day,)" he continued.
"Thanks to @KenJennings and @bradrutter for a hell of a match. Ken and Brad are great @Jeopardy players but even better people, and have been incredibly good sports about my kayfabe feuding and trash talk," continued in a following tweet.
"Thanks to @ABCNetwork for taking a chance on us, to everyone on the @Jeopardy team for everything they do, and especially to Alex Trebek for gutting through the fight of his life to deliver an absolute A+ performance in prime time," he concluded
"And thanks to you, the fans, for making #JeopardyGOAT a smash hit. When they put me back on TV someday, it will be your fault.
What can I say? #JeopardyJames out."
When Holazhauer was initially on the show, he became the third-highest-earning contestant winning $2,964,416 during his 33 game run. He was on the show from April 2019 to June 2019. He also won $250,000 when he appeared on Tournament of Champions that November and $250,000 for winning second in the 'Greatest of All Time' tournament.
Holzhauer also is a successful gambler. He attests his success in 'Jeopardy!' to the same strategies that he uses while gambling.
Jennings holds the highest record for most games played and 2nd highest for money won on 'Jeopardy!' so it's no surprise that he was the victor of this tournament. Jennings was on 'Jeopardy!' for 75 episodes.
The final question of the tournament was "He has 272 speeches, the most of any non-title character in a Shakespeare tragedy." Jennings was the only one who correctly guessed "Iago."