After smashing numerous records and making game show history Jeopardy! champ James Holzhauer finally met his match. But Holzhauer's shocking loss has many fans questioning how and if the unbeatable champ was actually beaten.
For 32 straight games Jeopardy! champ James Holzhauer seemed like an unstoppable trivia machine, destined to dethrone Ken Jennings as the all-time winningest player.
On Monday though Holzhauer's record setting run was cut short just shy of the number 1 spot and a new Jeopardy champion was crowned.
Using many of the same game-winning strategies pioneered by Holzhauer, Emma Boettcher more than doubled James' score by the end of the game Monday and took down the "man who solved Jeopardy!"
We have a new champion! Congratulations, Emma Boettcher! Stream the final episode of James Holzhauer's incredible… https://t.co/nbSBwiuBoq— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy!)1559617200.0
Given how dominating Holzhauer was during his 32-game winning streak fans were understandably stunned by his unexpected defeat.
Holzhauer, who is a professional sports gambler, applied a number of betting strategies to Jeopardy! and broke the game wide open.
Unlike many players Holzhauer started with the highest-value clues to maximize his wager when he came across a Daily Double.
The strategy was so effective that by the end of his first week on the show James had already broken a number of Jeopardy! records including the highest single game total (winning $110,914 ) and the highest 5-game total (winning $298,687). But he didn't stop there.
James beat the previous highest single game total of $77,000, set by Roger Craig a total of 16 times and established the new all-time record of $131,127. During his run Holzhauer on average earned more per game than legendary Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek.
But a good strategy doesn't mean much if can't answer the questions, Holzhauer though was a trivia master. James answered 72 of the 76 Daily Doubles he hit, a more then 94% success rate. Overall James had a 97% response accuracy.
By every measure Holzhauer was a Jeopardy! winning machine which may be why instead of believing that he was actually beaten a number of conspiracy theories have popped up to try and explain Holzhauer's loss.
For one reason or another many seem to think that Holzhauer took a dive, ending his own win-streak on purpose.
hot take conspiracy theory. james got bored winning jeopardy all the time and just took a dive— E-Dub (@E-Dub)1559605907.0
James Holzhauer quit. He saw someone who had a reasonable shot of stopping him for the first time ever and he bowed… https://t.co/Yjve5RqulU— Anthony Duncan (@Anthony Duncan)1559617152.0
Conspiracy Theory... James Holzhauer was presented with an offer her couldn't refuse to lose on #Jeopardy! He was b… https://t.co/4cqhKgDpKI— ccarlson43213 (@ccarlson43213)1559601325.0
My theory: James lost on purpose because he had someone bet huge against him beating Ken’s record in Vegas… https://t.co/Km4PHjxr6L— Colin Mack (@Colin Mack)1559606630.0
#JamesHolzhauer had to have thrown that game, right? Finishing in the mid-20s when he’s averaging $75K a night, and… https://t.co/9cBly80Fia— Isaiah Taylor (@Isaiah Taylor)1559604327.0
@James_Holzhauer I’m not one for conspiracy but Jeopardy seemed to not want James to pass Ken. These were two of th… https://t.co/QmDBBmfCei— Mustache Bill (@Mustache Bill)1559565133.0
I'll add my own Jeopardy James conspiracy theory - he's about to get handsomely paid in some way, shape or form and… https://t.co/cHtU4KBu2Z— Kevin Payne (@Kevin Payne)1559612169.0
Though others were convinced that behind the scenes the odds were stacked against Holzhauer who was costing the game show far too much in prize money.
WHAT IS A SPOILER ALERT (don't look if you watch Jeopardy).... The woman who beat #JeopardyJames is a 27-year-old… https://t.co/7KESew20nL— Dan Fagin (@Dan Fagin)1559592657.0
I'm not saying conspiracy theories are real or that I believe in them, and I'm also not saying that it was just a c… https://t.co/NTV0LFTmV3— M Trav (@M Trav)1559607318.0
@Jeopardy Rigged!— Victoria Hunter (@Victoria Hunter)1559617315.0
James Holzhauer's loss on Jeopardy looked rigged. On Final #Jeopardy he bet less than the leader's leading margin… https://t.co/TaK6cqEq8W— Sports Niagara-AG (@Sports Niagara-AG)1559610245.0
@GioWFAN Well I think the whole thing was fixed but I hope I'm wrong..I just thought with the Bad news about Alex T… https://t.co/UpIu7Q2QFA— Milton Ousland (@Milton Ousland)1559605612.0
But the most heartwarming conspiracy is that James just wanted to get home and see his daughter.
I think @James_Holzhauer lost @Jeopardy on purpose today. His daughter wanted him to come home & the thank you card… https://t.co/lWXTHqcIro— Karen Dumas (@Karen Dumas)1559612502.0
Sure, I could stick around and play a game that pays me $150,000 per hour, but I'd really rather get toys thrown at… https://t.co/JW1oPAMReH— James Holzhauer (@James Holzhauer)1559614631.0
#GoodDayDC James holzhauer’s daughter wanted him to lose. I think that’s why his lost.— SeaDuck1015 (@SeaDuck1015)1559657129.0
People will be talking about the end of tonight’s #Jeopardy for a long time. But my favorite moment of the episode… https://t.co/bZjT44sRL2— LightsCameraJackson (@LightsCameraJackson)1559617454.0
Whether it was a genuine loss or a set-up from the start we may never know what really ended James Holzhauer's record setting run as Jeopardy! champ.
Jeopardy Conspiracy Theory: @James_Holzhauer ran out of fun facts about himself so he threw the game.— Shealyn O'Halloran (@Shealyn O'Halloran)1559605897.0