Jennings Is a Win Away From Jeopardy! Title

He beat Holzhauer, Rutter for a second time Thursday
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2020 5:14 AM CST
Jennings Takes Lead in Jeopardy! Tournament
In this image released by ABC, host Alex Trebek appear with contestants, James Holzhauer, center, Ken Jennings, and Brad Rutter, right, on the set of "Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time," in Los Angeles.   (Eric McCandless/ABC via AP)

Ken Jennings is closing in on the title in the Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time tournament. Jennings, who already holds the records for consecutive wins and regular-play earnings, took a 2-1 lead over James Holzhauer with a win Thursday night, the New York Daily News reports. The first contestant to win three matches takes the $1 million prize. Brad Rutter is also competing, but he has finished third in all three matches, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The matches consist of two full games of Jeopardy!, with the scores combined at the end. Jennings—who has adopted Holzhauer's strategy of looking for Daily Doubles and betting heavily on them, ended Thursday with 67,700 points to Holzhauer's 33,692 and Rutter's 23,467. The tournament resumes on Tuesday. (Host Alex Trebek says he isn't planning to retire imminently.)

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