Leaked 'Jeopardy' Footage Appears To Show Champ James Holzhauer Losing
By Dave Basner
June 3, 2019
James Holzhauer's epic run on Jeopardy! might be coming to an end on Monday night's episode. Leaked footage from the game show seems to show the champ losing to a Chicago librarian. In the minute-long clip, Holzhauer can be seen in second place going into the Final Jeopardy round. He trails the librarian, Emma Boettcher, by $3,200, and has the right response in the round but wagered a very small amount. However, it wouldn't have mattered as Boettcher also was correct and wagered $20,201, giving her a total of $46,801, enough to have edged out Holzhauer even if he had bet everything he had. At the end of the video, Holzhauer gives Boettcher a high-five as host Alex Trebek says, "What a game. Oh my God!"
There is no word yet on if the clip is legitimate, but the names match up with the expected contestants on Monday's program.
If Holzhauer does go down, it will be after a record-breaking run that saw the 34-year-old professional gambler from Las Vegas win over $2.4 million. While he holds the title for the biggest one-day win ever, and is the fastest player ever to get to a million dollars in prize winnings, doing it in 14 games, he will fall just short of breaking Ken Jennings' record of non-tournament winnings - $2,520,700. Holzhauer was expected to top that number on Monday's show.