The footage showed Emma Boettcher snapping Holzhauer’s 32-game winning streak in the yet-to-air episode. The clip rapidly circulated on the internet Sunday and the outcome was confirmed Monday by The Washington Post, which verified the result with an affiliate airing the show.
“Nobody likes to lose,” Holzhauer himself told The New York Times in an article posted Monday. “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.”
HuffPost didn’t immediately hear back from “Jeopardy!” reps in a request for comment.
The approximately 60-second snippet showed Holzhauer and the challengers in Final Jeopardy, with Holzhauer trailing Boettcher, $23,400 to $26,600. He answered with the correct question, “Who is Kit Marlowe?” but wagered an uncharacteristically low $1,399, putting his total short of Boettcher’s. Boettcher made the difference moot by correctly responding, and betting $20,201 for a total of $46,801.
“What a game. Oh my God,” Trebek exclaimed.
Holzhauer walked over to Boettcher and gave her a congratulatory high-five.
The timing couldn’t have been worse for Holzhauer, a 34-year-old professional gambler from Las Vegas. On Monday he was expected to break Ken Jennings’ non-tournament earnings record of $2,520,700, set in 2004 over 74 games. Holzhauer finished less than $60,000 short of Jennings’ mark.
This article has been updated to include Holzhauer’s comment to The New York Times and The Washington Post’s confirmation of his defeat.