Last updated on August 17, 2019
The 34-year-old is a professional sports gambler and the 4th highest earning American game show contestant of all time. Climbing through the ranks, he has since been offered a temporary managerial position working with a minor-league baseball team in New York as well as a day named for him in Nevada’s Clark County.
Fans had already begun to speculate that he would surpass Ken Jennings; the legendary player that had a 74-game winning streak back in 2004. Despite his significantly shorter win streak, Holzhauer nearly doubled the prize money of his predecessor, earning an average of over $76,000 per game.
Unfortunately, a recent loss has ended what had been the most successful run in years. Holzhauer was only $58,484 off the $2.52 million Jennings earned during his own.
That being said, Holzhauer’s lengthy list of achievements gives him a lot to be proud of.
“Nobody likes to lose,” Holzhauer said during a post-game interview. “But I’m very proud of how I did, and I really exceeded my own expectations for the show. So I don’t feel bad about it.”
$22,002 was what had separated him from the Emma Boettcher, a librarian from Chicago who has since taken the limelight. Coming in second-place, Holzhauer was left with earnings amounting to $2,000. In a great show of sportsmanship, Holzhauer admitted defeat and gave Boettcher a high-five.
Host Alex Trebek was thrilled upon seeing Boettcher’s final score. “What a game! Oh my gosh!”
Boettcher’s colleagues were even more thrilled. “We are just so proud and excited for her,” said Elisabeth Long, supervising librarian at the University of Chicago.
This triumphant take-over is quite the David and Goliath story, and it will be interesting to see how far Boettcher can go.
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