The Westgate sportsbook made James Holzhauer the plus 125 favorite to win the “Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time” event over Ken Jennings (+175) and Brad Rutter (+300).
James Holzhauer held off Emma Boettcher, a Chicago librarian who ended his 32-game win streak on the popular quiz show, to win the $250,000 first prize.
James Holzhauer is halfway to being crowned the winner of the “Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions after dominating the first game Thursday in his rematch with Emma Boettcher.
James Holzhauer will take on Emma Boettcher and the winner of Wednesday’s Tournament of Champions last semifinal Thursday and Friday in the two-day championship match.
A victory by Holzhauer will send him to the two-day Tournament of Champions final against Emma Boettcher, who ended his 32-game win streak on the quiz show on June 3.
The Las Vegas-based “Jeopardy!” sensation won his first game in the show’s Tournament of Champions after building up a commanding lead going into Final Jeopardy.
In a little more than eight years, Sonny Liston went from capturing the heavyweight title to allegedly selling heroin on Las Vegas’ Westside and dying of a presumed overdose — one that’s still believed by many to have been a murder.
The professional sports bettor, who won 32 consecutive games and $2.46 million this year on the popular game show, will play Wednesday in the “Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions.
Holzhauer will compete in the Tournament of Champions quarterfinals Nov. 6, but a potential rematch against Emma Boettcher will have to wait until the semifinals.
“Jeopardy!” champion James Holzhauer took on about 70 challengers, three questions at a time, to help celebrate the launch of two “Jeopardy!”-themed IGT slot machines.