James Holzhauer Gets Revenge in ‘Jeopardy!’ Tournament of Champions

James Holzhauer smiles at the 2019 NHL Awards.
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James Holzhauer is back on top of the “Jeopardy!” world.

The 35-year-old Las Vegas sports bettor, who took the nation by storm with his 32-game winning streak on the game show earlier this year, won the Tournament of Champions on Friday, defeating Emma Boettcher — the contestant who ended his prolific run — to claim the title.

Holzhauer won a grand prize of $250,000 while Boettcher finished with the second-place prize of $100,000.

The two-day finals began on Thursday, where Holzhauer gave himself a $22,936 lead heading into the Friday’s match.

Boettcher rallied on Friday, though, forcing the championship crown to be decided in Final Jeopardy.

The category was International Disputes, and the clue was “A dispute over Etorofu, Habomai, Kunashiri & Shikotan has kept these two countries from ever signing a WWII peace treaty.”

Both Holzhauer and Boettcher answered correctly — Japan and Russia. Holzhauer wagered $9,812 to give him a total of $76,923, while Boettcher wagered $17,000 to finish with $65,000.

“I had to get Final [Jeoaprdy] right to avoid a last-second defeat,” Holzhauer told ESPN. “Luckily, it was a question about Japan, and my Granny can rest easy knowing that I haven’t forgotten my heritage.”

The victory gives Holzhauer $2,712,216 of total winnings on the game show, which is third all-time behind Brad Rutter ($4.68 million) and Ken Jennings ($3.37 million).

It sounds like Holzhauer is not finished there, either.

“I strongly suspect this was not my lat appearance on ‘Jeopardy!’” he added. “Stay tuned!”

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