Jeopardy! whiz James Holzhauer delivered some vintage payback tonight, beating Emma Boettcher, the woman who ended his 32-game win streak.
Holzhauer, a professional gambler, beat the Chicago librarian and Teachers Tournament winner Francois Barcomb in the first half of the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions finals.
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Employing his famous tactic of going for the highest-priced questions first, Holzhauer stormed to the lead and never gave it up. By Final Jeopardy!, he had $37,412 to Boettcher’s $13,200 and Barcomb’s $7,800.
The Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions is a cumulative competition and is run every two years. Whichever contestant has the most money at the end of Friday in the two-week competition gets the $250k grand prize. So far, Holzhauer has $49,326.
Holzhauer earned $2.4 million during his summer 32-game run, just short of Ken Jennings’s earnings record of $2.5 million.
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