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The End of an Era: Jeopardy James has Fallen

If I’m being honest, I never really liked Jeopardy. Sure, Alex Trebek is a national treasure and I’m rooting for him to win his battle with cancer, but aside from that, I’m not a big fan. I would watch it from time to time, but I never invested myself in it the way so many others have.

With that being said, I’m always a fan of a historic streak, like the one of the latest Jeopardy giant James Holzhauer. Because of Jeopardy James and his iconic streak, the long-running game show was on in my living room every evening. I was invested.

For those of you who don’t know, Holzhauer is a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas who took the Jeopardy world by storm with his encyclopedic trivia knowledge and high-roller playing style. This combination made him arguably the most dominant champion in Jeopardy history, winning over $2 million in under a month.

Holzhauer was winning games with relative ease, averaging $77,000 per win. He went big on the daily doubles and bigger on the Final Jeopardy’s. His leads were often so commanding heading into the final round that Trebek would always prematurely announce him as the winner beforehand.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and if the leaked clip below proves to be true, Holzhauer’s legendary run on Jeopardy will be over tonight.

Some people, myself included, have already cried conspiracy because that bet was uncharacteristically low for Holzhauer. However, some have already pointed out that James likely anticipated his opponent betting the max to ensure victory, and that his bet would’ve won him the game if her answer was incorrect. Alas, she was right.

Holzhauer will leave Jeopardy after earning over $2.4 million in 32 games, falling roughly $100,000 shy of Ken Jennings’ record set in 2004. With his time on the show over, we can all stop caring about Jeopardy once again.

All kidding aside, Jeopardy’s ratings will undoubtedly take a big hit without its prized champion. However, this unlikely to be the last we’ve seen of Holzhauer, who’s now one of the biggest celebrities in the country.

Jeopardy James will likely make a few more appearances on the game show circuit, which will include Jeopardy’s Tournament of Champions. Don’t count out a potential head-to-head matchup between him and Ken Jennings, as the former’s streak has created a “rivalry” between the two.

With James gone from Jeopardy, I’ll now have to find something else to watch at 7:00 PM. And no, it will not be the Mets (it will, but I won’t be happy about it).


Photo: NBC News

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