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Jeopardy! Champ Taking a New Gamble

James Holzhauer will make his debut in the World Series of Poker

(Newser) - After a formidable run in trivia, James Holzhauer is getting back to his roots. The Jeopardy! phenom oft-described as a professional gambler is hitting Las Vegas and doing a little, well, gambling, vis a vis the World Series of Poker. As the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports, Holzhauer is set to... More »

Here's Where $1K of Holzhauer's Money Went

Well, $1,109.14, a fact that Jeopardy! trivia fans might understand the significance of

(Newser) - Jeopardy! pro James Holzhauer is $2,462,216 richer, minus what he owes Uncle Sam. And minus a little more than $1,000. The Naperville, Illinois, native was asked to participate in this year's Naperville Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk, a fundraising event started by Ann Zediker, whose father died... More »

Jeopardy! Run Is Over for Woman Who Beat Holzhauer

She flubbed question on Woody Guthrie

(Newser) - Emma Boettcher earned a place in Jeopardy! history by defeating James Holzhauer in the game that aired Monday—but her run on the show didn't break any records. The 27-year-old University of Chicago librarian finished in third place Thursday after flubbing a Final Jeopardy clue on American music legends,... More »

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

(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... More »

Inside the Jeopardy! Leak

'Very, very, very appropriate' action will be taken against perpetrators

(Newser) - The day before viewers were to tune in to Jeopardy! to see whether James Holzhauer beat Ken Jennings' winnings record, someone leaked the portion of the episode showing the answer to that question. "Somebody alerted us that they had seen it on YouTube. By the time we saw it,... More »

Before She Beat Holzhauer, She Had Never Heard of Him

Emma Boettcher did her master's paper on Jeopardy!

(Newser) - For weeks, Americans have been wondering if anybody could beat seemingly unstoppable Jeopardy! juggernaut James Holzhauer. But the show is recorded months in advance and when she walked into the studio in mid-March, Emma Boettcher, the 27-year-old University of Chicago librarian who defeated Holzhauer in the game that aired Monday... More »

Does Jeopardy! Wiz Beat Record? The Results Are In

Spoiler alert: Stop reading now if you don't want to learn how James Holzhauer fares

(Newser) - (Warning: spoilers ahead.) James Holzhauer went into Monday's Jeopardy! contest one big game away from surpassing Ken Jennings as the show's all-time money champ. Did he do it? Stop reading now if you don't want to know, because the advance word is out. Surprisingly, the answer... More »

Alex Trebek Has 'Mind-Boggling' News

'Jeopardy!' host is 'near remission'

(Newser) - Alex Trebek has "kind of mind-boggling" news: Doctors say he's "near remission," the Jeopardy! host shares with People . Even though stage 4 pancreatic cancer, with which he was diagnosed, has just a 9% five-year survival rate, per ABC News , Trebek has been responding extremely well to... More »

Ken Jennings 'Astounded' by Holzhauer's Winnings

Jeopardy ! champ scores 29th win

(Newser) - After Final Jeopardy on Tuesday night, the three contestants had totals of $59,381, $16,801, and $10. No prizes for guessing which one was James Holzhauer. The Jeopardy! phenomenon scored a 29th win and now has a grand total of $2,254,938, the New York Post reports. "... More »

A Key Stat Shows Why Holzhauer Is Winning So Much

His average daily-double wager is a whopping $9K

(Newser) - He's not slowing down. James Holzhauer nabbed $130,222—just shy of his one-day record of $131,127—in his 28th consecutive Jeopardy! win Monday, bringing his total earnings to $2,195,557, per USA Today . That means he's within $325,143 of Ken Jennings' legendary $2,520,... More »

Holzhauer Nearly Blows It

But the 'Jeopardy!' phenom fixed it just in time

(Newser) - James Holzhauer nearly made a rare gaffe Friday on Jeopardy!—or so it seemed—and just as he approached the elite $2 million mark, USA Today reports. The trivia phenom's Final Jeopardy clue was, "Astronomy buffs visit Idaho for the USA’s first Dark Sky Reserve. Oddly,... More »

Jeopardy! Whiz Could Do Something Big Tonight

There's a good possibility James Holzhauer will pass the $2M mark

(Newser) - James Holzhauer steamrollered the competition on Jeopardy! once again Wednesday night, winning $71,855 for a total of $1,939,027 over his 25-game winning streak. His daily average over the run is $77,561—higher than the pre-Holzhauer single-day winnings record—meaning he is likely to pass the $2... More »

Jeopardy! Champ Racks Up 24th Win

Former contestant thinks only one person can stop him

(Newser) - "James could not be caught—what else is new?" quipped Alex Trebek after Jeopardy! sensation James Holzhauer scored his 24th straight win on the game show Tuesday night. The professional gambler won $86,905, bringing his total winnings to $1,867,142, reports USA Today. Holzhauer is relentlessly closing... More »

Tom Brady Makes Unusual Bet on Jeopardy! Champ

He said he'd eat his first strawberry if Holzhauer lost

(Newser) - After a two-week hiatus for a teachers' tournament, James Holzhauer was back on Jeopardy! on Monday night doing what he has become famous for: crushing the opposition. The professional gambler won his 23rd straight game, adding $89,229 to his haul for a total of $1,780,237, the New ... More »

Jeopardy! Whiz Has One Unexpected Fan

Ken Jennings is really rooting for James Holzhauer right now

(Newser) - James Holzhauer , who will be starting up his run again on Jeopardy! Monday, is getting increasingly closer to smashing Ken Jennings' all-time cash winnings record on the show of $2.5 million—and Jennings hopes he does it. Writing for the Washington Post with nary a hint of schadenfreude,... More »

Tribune Wrote About Jeopardy! Whiz ... When He Was 4

Paper digs up article on James Holzhauer

(Newser) - Long before he was racking up win after win —and oodles of cash—on Jeopardy!, James Holzhauer was impressing an entirely different demographic: his preschool teachers. The Chicago Tribune has unearthed an article that appeared in its pages in January 1989, when Holzhauer was just 4 years old and... More »

Jeopardy! Juggernaut Breaks Another Record

Holzhauer presented with key to Las Vegas Strip

(Newser) - Jeopardy! juggernaut James Holzhauer's seemingly unstoppable run continued in the episode that aired Thursday night. The 34-year-old scored his 21st win, putting him ahead of Julia Collins, who won 20 games in 2014. He is now in second place for most consecutive games won in Jeopardy! history, CNN reports.... More »

Alex Trebek: I Have 'Surges of Deep, Deep Sadness'

'Jeopardy!' host talks about his cancer diagnosis

(Newser) - Alex Trebek gave his first live interview since revealing earlier this year that he has pancreatic cancer , and the Jeopardy! host was honest about his struggles. "My oncologist tells me I'm doing well even though I don't always feel it," he said on Good Morning America ... More »

This Isn't First Game Show James Holzhauer Has Crushed

Also, what it's like to play the new 'Jeopardy!' wizard

(Newser) - Heading into Friday's night show, sports gambler James Holzhauer has won 16 straight games and more than $1 million on Jeopardy!, and he remains on pace toward becoming the game's all-time champ. In an interesting feature, Emily Yahr of the Washington Post tracked down the 16 contestants who... More »

Jeopardy! Sensation: Here's How I Learned So Much Trivia

James Holzhauer scored 15th win Wednesday

(Newser) - After Jeopardy! sensation James Holzhauer won his 13th straight game in an episode that aired Monday, Alex Trebek joked that he would soon run out of loved ones to acknowledge. The Naperville, Illinois, native proved Trebek wrong with a shout-out to the Chicago Bears during his 15th win Wednesday, NBC... More »

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