Meet the woman who finally dethroned “Jeopardy!” champion James Holzhauer after his 32-game winning streak has been studying the show for years.
27 year old Emma Boettcher, from Chicago, Illinois, auditioned to appear on the game show four times, beginning in her senior year of high school, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. “As far as preparation, I looked up some tutorials online about how to wager, especially for Final Jeopardy,” Boettcher told the newspaper. “But I also knew that a large part of the game for me was the mental aspect, keeping focused while being on the set of my favorite TV show.”
Her preparation paid off.
Boettcher won $46,801 on Monday’s episode (6/3/19) and, in the process, brought an end to Holzhauer’s attempt to break the all-time “Jeopardy!” earnings record. Holzhauer, who won more than $2 million over his 32-game winning streak and finished just $58,484 shy of the winnings record, said he was impressed with Boettcher’s performance. “Emma dominated her warmup games that day, and I knew she would make an extremely tough challenger,” the 34-year-old professional sports gambler from Las Vegas said in a news release. “I’m proud that it took a top-level player at her absolute best to eliminate me.”
What an exciting change of events! James has definitely changed the game of Jeopardy forever. Now, let’s sit back and cheer on Emma!