Jeopardy!: James Holzhauer’s winning streak ends short of money record

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James Holzhauer was just short of breaking the programme’s money record

A professional gambler’s 32-game winning streak on US quiz show Jeopardy! has come to an end after he was beaten by a university librarian.

James Holzhauer had won $2.46m (£1.9m) before losing to Emma Boettcher.

He is only the second contestant in the show’s history to earn more than $1m in one run.

Jeopardy! contestants must answer clues in the form of a question. It is one of the longest-running quiz shows on US televisions.

Mr Holzhauer’s winnings were just short of Ken Jenning’s record $2.52m earned in 74 consecutive games.

The 34-year-old gained celebrity status for his playing tactics.

His style differed from previous contestants as he opted to target the “expensive” difficult clues first instead of solving easy clues.

He also made large bets on “Daily Double” questions where players can risk as much as their entire score in one answer.

He said he prepared for the game by reading children’s books.

After being beaten he told the New York Times: “Nobody likes to lose. 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.”

An average of 10.3 million viewers tuned in during the first 12 days of Mr Holzhauer’s run, audience data indicated.

Ms Boettcher, a librarian from Chicago did her masters thesis on predicting the difficulty of trivia questions using text features. She used Jeopardy! as her basis for the study.

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