The reign of Jeopardy Champion James Holzhauer came to a crashing halt yesterday. Suddenly the man who was chasing records and so close to breaking records, became a mere mortal.

Holzhauer explained himself in an interview.

Via Action Network:

“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. “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).”

But none of that has stopped fans from busting out a bunch of conspiracy theories.


James shot down this one:

Watching it happen in real time,  it’s hard to understand why he bet so little on Final Jeopardy, unless he just didn’t feel like losing by $1 dollar. 

He gave us all one hell of a ride. 

Thanks James! 

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