'Jeopardy!' Savage: James Holzhauer Crushes in Tournament of Champions

Johnny Lopez
November 07, 2019 - 4:37 pm

He’s back!

Six months after his winning streak came to an end, James Holzhauer returned to the “Jeopardy!” stage and once again came out on top, reported USA Today.

The 35-year-old participated in the long-running game show’s Tournament of Champions, a 10-day contest where 15 past "Jeopardy!" champs vie for the $250,000 grand prize.

Holzhauer easily beat his fellow opponents, Pittsburgh physician Lindsey Shultz and Georgia software development manager Alan Dunn, after going into the Final Jeopardy round with  $30,309, almost three times more than Shultz’s $10,800. Dunn trailed with $6,000.

Known for waging big, Holzhauer played it safe since he could get the answer wrong and still win. He risked a mere $326.

In the end, both he and Schultz responded correctly with, "Who is Marion Anderson?" to the answer, “In 1939, turned down by two local theaters, Howard University was able to get an outdoor venue for this singer’s yearly concert.”

Holzhauer wound up with $30,635 and advanced to next week’s semi-finals.

Shultz ended up in second with $14,000, while Dunn walked away with $1 on the podium.

Prior to his appearance on the Tournament of Champions, Holzhauer racked up $2,464,216 over the course of 32 games.

The professional gambler’s grand total fell just $56,484 shy of the all-time record holder, Ken Jennings, who won a total of 74 consecutive games and brought home $2,520,700.

Holzhauer’s streak was up-ended on June 3rd when he lost to Emma Boettcher, a University of Chicago librarian. Boettcher is also taking part in the Tournament of Champions and plays on Thursday.

The Tournament of Champions runs until November 15th.

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