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Librarian Who Beat Holzhauer Is Using a Familiar Strategy

Emma Boettcher has won 3 in a row and bets big on Daily Doubles, as Holzhauer did
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2019 11:15 AM CDT

(Newser) – Don't look now, but the Jeopardy! player who dethroned James Holzhauer has a three-day streak of her own going. Chicago librarian Emma Boettcher, 27, has racked up more than $97,000 heading into Thursday's game, reports the Chicago Tribune. The winning average may not be as high as Holzhauer's, but Boettcher appears to have borrowed his game-redefining strategy of betting aggressively on Daily Doubles. As Vulture notes, her "uh-huh, sure" look when host Alex Trebek pointed this out, is "very GIF-able."

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As for Holzhauer, we surely haven't seen the last of him, even on Jeopardy! He's been invited back for a tournament of champions, and all-time champ Ken Jennings tells ABC News that it's "inevitable" the two will face off. "Obviously I can't get 29-year-old Ken to show up with his sleek, 29-year-old brain, it's got to be me with my broke-down brain," says Jennings. In the meantime, Holzhauer says he and his wife plan to take an around-the-world food tour with his winnings, per Today. After taxes, that $2.4 million figure is closer to $1.2 million. (Read more Jeopardy stories.)

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