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Weekend ReadsJames Holzhauer explains why he wagered just $1,399 in his last Final Jeopardy

01:50  05 june  2019
01:50  05 june  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Holzhauer, who was just $58,484 from Ken Jennings' all-time record, was going for his 33rd win Monday when he and his two fellow contestants all gave the correct answer in the Final Jeopardy round. The defending champion, known for his aggressive wagering, had $23,400 but bet only $1,399 for a final total of $24,799.

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James Holzhauer placed an uncharacteristically low wager on his last Final Jeopardy answer, but Knowing the odds were not in his favor for first place, Holzhauer decided to protect himself against Holzhauer bet $ 1 , 399 , the exact amount he 'd need to still come in second place should his answer

James Holzhauer ‘s winning streak on Jeopardy ! came to an end last night and there was a shocking moment in his final episode that he ’s now explaining . James uncharacteristically wagered only $ 1 , 399 during final Jeopardy , and that number didn’t surpass winner Emma Boettcher‘s grand total.

By comparison, Boettcher, who led going into the round, wagered $20,201, and finished  with $46,801.

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“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 explained to The Action Network, a media company that provides sports analysis. “So my only concern was getting overtaken by third place, and I bet just enough to make sure of locking him out.

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"Betting big would have looked good for the cameras, but now I turn my straight bet (Boettcher misses) into a parlay (Boettcher misses and I get it right),” he added.

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Holzhauer made headlines during his winning streak on the show by taking the board by storm, going for the highest-dollar questions first and hunting for Daily Doubles. Then, he bet big.

In an April interview, the professional sports gambler from Las Vegas told The New York Times in an interview that his huge advantage on the trivia show was that he wasn’t afraid to risk his winnings.

"The fact that I win and lose money all the time helps desensitize me, so I can write down $60,000 as the Final Jeopardy wager and not be trembling at the thought of losing that money," he said.

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Another unorthodox Holzhauer stragegy? He headed straight to the children's section of the library to do his research.

"I’ve found that in an adult reference book, if it’s not a subject I’m interested in, I just can’t get into it," he told the Times. "I was thinking, what is the place in the library I can go to to get books tailored to make things interesting for uninterested readers? Boom. The children’s section."

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James Holzhauer names his favorite (albeit wrong) conspiracy theory about ' Jeopardy !' loss. In his own words, Holzhauer explained on "SportsCenter": "I didn't beat myself. I just played my best But with ,400 going into the round – ,200 below Emma Boettcher's total – he wagered only $ 1 , 399

Contributing: Leora Arnowitz and Gary Levin

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James Holzhauer explains why he wagered just $1,399 in his last Final Jeopardy
James Holzhauer explains why he wagered just $1,399 in his last Final Jeopardy
James Holzhauer explains why he wagered just $1,399 in his last Final Jeopardy
James Holzhauer explains why he wagered just $1,399 in his last Final Jeopardy
James Holzhauer explains why he wagered just $1,399 in his last Final Jeopardy
James Holzhauer explains why he wagered just $1,399 in his last Final Jeopardy
James Holzhauer explains why he wagered just $1,399 in his last Final Jeopardy
James Holzhauer explains why he wagered just $1,399 in his last Final Jeopardy
James Holzhauer explains why he wagered just $1,399 in his last Final Jeopardy
James Holzhauer explains why he wagered just $1,399 in his last Final Jeopardy
James Holzhauer explains why he wagered just $1,399 in his last Final Jeopardy
James Holzhauer explains why he wagered just $1,399 in his last Final Jeopardy
James Holzhauer explains why he wagered just $1,399 in his last Final Jeopardy
James Holzhauer explains why he wagered just $1,399 in his last Final Jeopardy

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