“Jeopardy James” is once more.
James Holzhauer, the 35-year-old expert gambler from Las Vegas who gained 32 straight video games earlier this yr, returned to the “Jeopardy!” stage Wednesday night for the 2019 Tournament of Champions.
Holzhauer handily bested his opponents, physician Lindsey Shultz of Pennsylvania and software program enhancement supervisor Alan Dunn of Georgia, throughout the third matchup of the game current’s 2-week-long match.
The episode ended with Holzhauer — who has gained the second-most consecutive regular-season video games throughout the iconic program’s historic previous, after Ken Jennings’ 74 — racking up $30,635.
Shultz ended up with $14,000 on the podium, and Dunn a measly $1.
Holzhauer’s full non-tournament winnings of $2,464,216 have been merely shy of “Jeopardy!” legend Jennings’ all-time file of $2,520,700.
After the first two rounds, Holzhauer had $30,309 to Shultz’s $10,800 and Dunn’s $6,000. Even if Shultz doubled her money, she nonetheless wouldn’t catch Holzhauer if he wagered conservatively.
“Jeopardy James’ did what he did so often in his initial streak,” Trebek talked about, sooner than revealing the Final Jeopardy Clue. “He turned the game into a runaway. There is no way he can be caught.”
The Tournament of Champions occurs every few years; on this iteration, which runs until Nov. 15, 15 contestants from the ultimate two seasons — along with Emma Boettcher, the Chicago librarian who beat Holzhauer and performs her first match on Thursday night — will battle it out for $250,000.
Wednesday night’s victory means Holzhauer — the married father of 4-year-old Natasha — will play as soon as an extra subsequent week in opposition to the alternative 4 winners of this week’s video games plus whichever 4 opponents earned the most effective dollar-value scores.
Beloved host Alex Trebek couldn’t resist cracking jokes upon Holzhauer’s return.
“Which $1,000 clue are you going to go for first?” Trebek teased Holzhauer, referring to his method of starting on the bottom of the board and dealing his methodology up, the opposite of most contestants.
Throughout his streak, Holzhauer targeted the expensive clues and Daily Doubles, as well as, to wager aggressively at each various — and Wednesday night’s Tournament of Champions game was no exception.
All contestants wore purple ribbons in honor of Larry Martin, the winner of 2018’s “Jeopardy!” Teachers Tournament. In January, Martin handed away from pancreatic most cancers, the identical sickness that Trebek has been stopping.
This isn’t Holzhauer’s first stab at game current glory. While he struck out on ABC’s “500 Questions” 4 years up to now, he and two teammates pocketed $175,000 on “The Chase” in 2014. The 12 consecutive acceptable options he delivered in an early spherical and 19 consecutive acceptable options in a later spherical set an all-time file for that short-lived current, which aired between 2013 and 2015 on the Game Show Network.