James Holzhauer’s ‘Jeopardy!’ streak ends after 32 wins

For $2.4 million, what nearly record-breaking run on Jeopardy! was ended Monday night?

Following 32 straight wins, longtime “Jeopardy!” champion James Holzhauer was defeated on Monday’s show.

Holzhauer was dethroned by librarian Emma Boettcher when the pair both correctly answered the Final Jeopardy question, about the death of a famous author.

Professional gambler Holzhauer was one game away from toppling Ken Jennings’ longstanding $2.5 million record. According to The New York Times, Holzhauer ended his run just $58,484 shy of Jennings’ record winnings.

“Nobody likes to lose. But I’m very proud of how I did, and I really exceeded my own expectations for the show,” he told the newspaper. “So I don’t feel bad about it.”

Aggressive wagering was part of Holzhauer’s winning formula. Boettcher kept up with him during the game and out-bet him in the end.

The gambler, who high-fived Boettcher after she took first place, also noted, “I lost to a really top-level competitor. She played a perfect game. And that was what it took to beat me.”

The “Jeopardy!” episode airs Monday night on ABC in most markets.

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