“Jeopardy!” Champion James Holzhauer Reveals Reason His Winning Streak Ended

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The reign of Jeopardy champion James Holzhauer came to a close on Monday (June 3,) when the Nevada native couldn’t quite find a way to beat fellow contestant Emma Boettcher.

Yet, viewers were still confused on Tuesday (June 4,) as many continued to question why Holzhauer decided to make such a small wager during the Final Jeopardy portion of the long-running game show. Heck, even host Alex Trebek seemed confused.

Well, have no fear. Holzhauer, as usual, has an answer.

“I knew I could only win if Emma missed Final Jeopardy, as there was no way she wouldn’t bet to cover my all-in bet,” Holzhauer said in a recent interview. “So my only concern was getting overtaken by third place, and I bet just enough to make sure of locking him out. Betting big would have looked good for the cameras, but now I turn my straight bet (Emma misses) into a parlay (Emma misses and I get it right).”

And that’s why Holzhauer was playing and winning Jeopardy and we, well, are not.

While his time on the game show is through, don’t feel too bad for Holzhauer. During his 33 appearances on the show, Holzhauer made $2,464,216, half of which he just might be able to keep after taxes.