James Holzhauer Lost on Jeopardy Last Night! Was It On Purpose?

 

Last night, James Holzhauer's amazing 33 game winning streak finally came to an end on Jeopardy. And if you watched the show, you might have thought that James bet so low on Final Jeopardy that maybe he wanted to lose, but that wasn't the case at all. This is how he explained it. “I knew I could only win if Emma missed Final Jeopardy, as there was no way she wouldn’t bet to cover my all-in bet,” Holzhauer told The Action Network on Monday. “So my only concern was getting overtaken by third place, and I bet just enough to make sure of locking him out. Betting big would have looked good for the cameras, but now I turn my straight bet (Emma misses) into a parlay (Emma misses and I get it right).” Holzhauer went on to explain that if he had doubled down, wagering all of his money, and gotten the question correct, he would have only been at $46,800. For comparison, if Boettcher had doubled down and correctly answered she would have earned $53,200. Instead, she bet a strategic $20,201, earning a final amount of $46,801, one dollar more than what Holzhauer would have won had he bet it all. Knowing the odds were not in his favor for first place, Holzhauer decided to protect himself against coming in third place. If the other contestant, who had $11,000 at the start of Final Jeopardy had doubled down and was correct, he would have earned $22,000 as his final score. Holzhauer bet $1,399, the exact amount he’d need to still come in second place should his answer have been incorrect. So he did want to win, but by the time Final Jeopardy came around, he knew the only way that could happen was for Emma to get the question wrong. That didn't happen and James is walking away with over two million dollars. However, he did NOT beat Ken Jennings cash winning record. We'll have to wait for the next amazing player for that to happen. Who knows? Maybe it will be Emma! Did you watch? What did you think? Are you sad that James isn't playing any longer? Let me know on the TRY Facebook page

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