Today’s Final Jeopardy – June 3, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Shakespeare’s Time) for Monday, June 3, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 191):

The line “a great reckoning in a little room” in “As You Like It” is usually taken to refer to this author’s premature death

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Emma Boettcher, a user experience librarian from Chicago, Illinois
Emma Boettcher on Jeopardy!
Jay Sexton, a senior research engineer from Atlanta, Georgia
Jay Sexton on Jeopardy!
James Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, Nevada (32-day total: $2,462,216)
James Holzhauer on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Christopher Marlowe?

Did you know that you can now find game-by-game stats of everyone, including James, who has won 10 or more games on Jeopardy!, here on the site?

More information about Final Jeopardy:

A contemporary of Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe (also known as Kit Marlowe) was a major Elizabethan playwright and was a great influence on Shakespeare. In 1593, Marlowe was accused of holding treasonous opinions, and after the “Dutch church libel” was published (which contained several allusions to Marlowe’s plays), Marlowe was arrested. While awaiting his trial at the Privy Council, Marlowe was killed under mysterious circumstances ten days later in an altercation with Ingram Frizer.

Shakespeare’s As You Like It provides the most famous tribute to Marlowe, where Marlowe’s Hero and Leander was quoted, as well as the “a great reckoning in a little room” line referred to in today’s clue.

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Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results will be posted once the show airs!

Scores going into Final:
Emma $26,600
James $23,400
Jay $11,000

Tonight’s results:
Jay $11,000 + $6,000 = $17,000
James $23,400 + $1,399 = $24,799
Emma $26,600 + $20,201 = $46,801 (1-day total: $46,801)

Emma Boettcher, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the June 3, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
James $9,000
Emma $6,400
Jay $2,600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) LITERATURE $1000 (1st pick)
James 0 +1000 (Jay 0 Emma 0)
2) CAPITAL “A” $800 (4th pick)
Emma 7600 +7600 (James 12600 Jay 2600)
3) POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY $2000 (14th pick)
Emma 20400 +3000 (James 17800 Jay 7400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 215

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0

Game Stats:
Emma $18,800 Coryat, 21 correct, 0 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer
James $23,400 Coryat, 25 correct, 0 incorrect, 42.11% in first on buzzer
Jay $11,000 Coryat, 13 correct, 1 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $53,200
Lach Trash: $400 (on 1 Triple Stumper)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $400

James Holzhauer, final stats:
1,186 correct, 36 incorrect
33/36 on rebound attempts (on 68 rebound opportunities)
57.81% in first on buzzer (1077/1863)
72/76 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $654,416)
32/33 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $30,576

Emma Boettcher, stats to date:
22 correct, 0 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $10,600)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,800

Emma Boettcher, to win:
2 games: 78.319%
3: 61.338%
4: 48.039%
5: 37.624%
6: 29.466%
Avg. streak: 4.612 games. #Jeopardy


Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 69 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 2.1568 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.1836).
An average of 3.7189 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.4397).

An early cutoff took place 0.391% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Emma Boettcher qualified 45.564% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 84.074% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 57.753% of the time.
Lindsey Shultz qualified 24.059% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 4.468% of the time.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Emma’s $46,801 is the sixth-highest first-game winning total in regular play of all time. (Thank you to those who have contacted me with a correction.)
  • The Combined Coryat score for the game of $53,200 is an all-time regular-play record.
  • James has been correct on his last 27 Final Jeopardy! clues.
  • According to the prediction model, a score of $23,400 going into Final Jeopardy wins 86.868% of the time.
  • Given James’ mean average score going into Final Jeopardy of $47,655 and standard deviation of $13,422, the chances of James having a score of $23,400 or worse going into Final Jeopardy are about 1 in 30.
  • There was absolutely nothing wrong with James’ Final Jeopardy bet of $1,399. He knew that Emma was overwhelmingly likely to bet what she did and, thus, his only chance of winning was if Emma did not get Final Jeopardy! correct. $1,399 ensures that his score stays above Jay’s and gives James the best chance of winning the game. Had James gone all-in, he would have finished at $46,800 and lost by $1.
  • 42.11% in first on buzzer is the worst that James did in on the signalling device since going 36.84% in his second game on April 5.

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110 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – June 3, 2019"

  1. Zoe Wimberly | June 3, 2019 at 9:40 am |


  2. Mark Sparks | June 3, 2019 at 10:33 am |

    Happy trails to you James. It will probably be a long time before another comes along that will match your bravado on your daily double bets.

  3. Matt Rose | June 3, 2019 at 11:07 am |

    Wondering if the 3 month break messed up James buzzer momentum. As he was in such a sync before the break, where he was getting about 66% right…

    42.11% in first on buzzer is the worst that James did in on the signalling device since going 36.84% in his second game on April 5.

    • Paco Martin | June 5, 2019 at 8:10 am |

      It seems that has a lot to do with Jay being a strong 3rd player (13 Right, 1 Wrong). In James’s second game where he earned the 36.84% he also had an aggressive 3rd player.

      Review of 2nd game
      James 22 R (including 1 DD), 1 W
      Satish 18 R (including 2 DDs), 1 W
      Marshall 15 R, 4W

  4. Any comments which imply that all contestants did not play at 100% the entire time are out of bounds.

    Moreover, in case this was not clear: today’s episode was taped March 12. James’ entire run took place before it began airing.

    • Matt Rose | June 3, 2019 at 11:11 am |


    • To extend this: any such comment, as well as any that state or imply that the show interfered in the game play for or against any contestant, are allegations that the show and/or players violated United States federal law:

      If evidence of such a violation exists, it should be brought to the attention of the United States Attorney for the Central District of California. Otherwise, respect James for his incredible accomplishments on Jeopardy! – and Emma for hers.

      • Matt Rose | June 3, 2019 at 11:23 am |

        But at the end of a season or before a scheduled break, some contestants are going to have to take a break in there games..

        It has to happen sometimes.

        • Paco Martin | June 5, 2019 at 8:17 am |

          Ken Jennings won 38 episodes at the end of season #20 and won an additional 34 episodes at the beginning of season #21. I have no doubt that all his opponents in season #21 had seen him on TV

    • Bob Chang | June 3, 2019 at 11:40 am |


  5. Emma reminds me a lot of Larissa Kelly, and it would not surprise me to see her win 10 games. Her Coryat in this game versus James as a predictor for future success should be taken with a grain of salt, as it came against one of the two or three strongest Jeopardy champs ever.

  6. Matt Rose | June 3, 2019 at 11:10 am |

    Correct. As I have seen people question James FJ bet.

    There was absolutely nothing wrong with James’ Final Jeopardy bet of $1,399. He knew that Emma was overwhelmingly likely to bet what she did and, thus, his only chance of winning was if Emma did not get Final Jeopardy! correct. $1,399 ensures that his score stays above Jay’s and gives James the best chance of winning the game. Had James gone all-in, he would have finished at $46,800 and lost by $1.

    • Paco Martin | June 5, 2019 at 8:21 am |

      So many viewers and even Alex’s comments on air seemed so shocked by this bet. James’s $1399 FJ bet seemed perfectly logical to me as well. James assumed that Emma was savvy enough to bet $20,201 so he might as well sustain his lock on Jay. Was that so unusual? I should think this situation would arise several times per season.

  7. Patrick Byrnes | June 3, 2019 at 11:11 am |

    Does anybody know if Emma was a holdover from a previous taping?

    Not in any way shape or form to diminish what she accomplished (she gave 0 incorrect responses), but simply curious if she was there to see him play, or if she showed up on March 12th having just learned she was facing a 32-day champion on the cusp of passing Ken Jennings’ all-time money record.

    What a great treat it was to watch James. Now let’s see Emma go on a tear!

    • Her next chance to make history actually comes tomorrow – just one more win will vanquish the “Curse of the Giant-Killers.”

      Each of the previous seven players who defeated a winner of ten or more games in regular play – Nancy Zerg (Jennings), Victoria Groce (Madden), Diana Peloquin (Chu), Brian Loughnane (Collins), Michael Baker (Jackson), Margie Eulner Ott (Wilson), Scarlett Sims (Rogers) – lost their second game.

      • Bob Chang | June 3, 2019 at 1:29 pm |

        Does anyone know the winning scores by these previous “Giant-Killers”? I do know Nancy Zerg won $14,401. Hopefully, Emma is not one-and-done!

        • Bob Chang | June 3, 2019 at 1:57 pm |

          Found out my own question! In their victories, Groce won 22,801, Peloquin 15,700, Loughnane 22,600, Baker 15,201, Ott 34,000 and Sims 33,201.

      • I, for one, hope to see the “Curse of the Giant-Killers” continue. It is part of Jeopardy! lore.


  8. Matt Rose | June 3, 2019 at 11:16 am |

    Great run but so disappointing, that James didn’t get 2 records, I wanted to see broken.

    Of course beating Ken Jennings Regular Season Total Winnings by $50,000 or 1 game probably

    And having a big Average Daily win total then the previous high game winner of $77,000

    As James finished his 33 Jeopardy games with an incredible average of $ 76,000. or only $1,000 short. Of the above $77,000.

  9. All it took was for James to not find the daily doubles and for his opponent to go all in and answer correctly on one in Double Jeopardy. Even on the third daily double and with only a 3k wager by Emma, James couldn’t overcome the deficit. I also believe Jay played a big role as well, ringing in first and taking $11k off the board. As Andy mentioned, highest coryat score in history. Great game. I’m sad it didn’t work out in James’ favor.

    Thank you, James, for making this Jeopardy! run interesting and historic. Also, congrats to Emma, I’m curious to see how she plays going forward.

    • Matt Rose | June 3, 2019 at 11:34 am |

      Also James finding DD 1 on the 1st pick…So he could only win $,1,000 to go up to $1,000.

      As usual, If James finds it on his 3/4/5/6 picks. He could have $5,000 to beat and he could go up to &10,000 total, DD bet, basically, as he got it on the first pick, he got no benefit of getting the DD1

  10. Matt Rose | June 3, 2019 at 11:20 am |

    And as we all figured, James not getting the DD 2 and DD 3 killed him?

    Daily Double locations:
    1) LITERATURE $1000 (1st pick)
    James 0 +1000 (Jay 0 Emma 0)
    2) CAPITAL “A” $800 (4th pick)
    Emma 7600 +7600 (James 12600 Jay 2600)
    3) POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY $2000 (14th pick)
    Emma 20400 +3000 (James 17800 Jay 7400)
    Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 215

    • Not just him not getting DD2 and DD3 but the winning player using good strategy (well I would have bet much more on DD3 if she had somehow heard or seen the results of Nate’s game) and more importantly, getting them correct! Even so, James was only a couple high value clues from winning this one still.

      • Steve, I’ve been thinking about Emma’s second DD wager too. James was trying to close in, but Emma and Jay were making that most difficult. Certainly James would have won, had he had the good fortune of finding DD#3; but that is not guaranteed–even for James! I’m thinking that Emma felt that the odds were better than if she had bet more and came up incorrect.
        James played his game perfectly. He simply needed to find DD#3, but did not. For players like James, Nate, Adam, and Emma; finding DD#3 is the key to getting the all-important lead, heading into FJ. Luck plays a huge role!!!

  11. I am upset. I just wanted him to beat Ken Jennings.

  12. Matt Rose | June 3, 2019 at 11:39 am |

    I want to thank James and ANDY for a very thrilling month during James run.

    Andy, can you list where James games land in say the top daily games.

    Like for example, Top 17, and 19, 20, 22, etc…

    Or just lis5 out the top 30 Jeopardy daily $ winners


    • Bob Chang | June 3, 2019 at 12:01 pm |

      I second Matt in thanking James and ANDY for a thrilling April 4th – June 3 run!

      If he had to go out at least it was in a record-setting combined Coryat game in which his Coryat was $4,600 better, but because he only hit one DD worth 1,000 while Emma’s 2 DDs netted $10,600, costing him the lead and ultimately the game.

      He continued his amazing DD streak and FJ streak to set the bar very high for anyone future wanting to beat his records…and Ken’s.

      Again a thrilling ride for James and the future of Jeopardy and thankful for The Jeopardy Fan’s part!

  13. I will miss James. I expect ratings to drop severely until the TOC airs.

    Jeopardy should also do a Brad – Ken – James contest show where Jeopardy could match the winnings as a donation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

  14. Now that he has lost, can you let us know if you found out about it weeks/months ago or during the filming?

  15. Matt Rose | June 3, 2019 at 11:47 am |

    Does anyone think, that Ken Jennings fans, will say, he is still the best Ken Jennings and is still the Jeopardy GOAT. Or Greatest of All Time.

    As James choked and couldn’t beat Ken Jennings when it counted.
    Or James didn’t want to be #1, as he was fine with #2 and $2.5 Million in 2 months work.

    Ken 74 wins is more impressive than James 32 wins.
    Ken is still the #1 on the Jeopardy Regular game winners list

    • The numbers don’t lie. In daily play, Ken is #1 and James #1A.

    • I think it’s extremely unfair to say James “choked” in a game where he did not give a single incorrect response.

      Everyone who makes it on the show is smart, and today he just got beat by a very good performance (two from the looks of Jay’s scores as well). That’s what makes runs like his and Ken’s so incredible; you are consistently battling against extremely capable competitors. Hats off to them all!

      • Matt Rose | June 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm |

        Sorry, I wasn’t saying James chocked, I was just listing a bunch of things a Ken Jennings fan would say, to say that Ken Jennings is still the #1 player of All Time to the JEOPARDY GOAT, aka Greatest of All Time….As

        Ken Jennings wins 74 Games to James 32 Games
        And Ken Jennings won more money….

        All-Time Regular Play Winnings List:
        1. Ken Jennings, $2,520,700
        2. James Holzhauer, $2,462,216
        3. David Madden, $430,400
        4. Julia Collins, $428,100
        5. Matt Jackson, $411,612
        All-Time Winnings List (per J! Archive):
        1. Brad Rutter, $4,688,436
        2. Ken Jennings, $3,370,700
        3. James Holzhauer, $2,462,216
        4. David Madden, $773,733
        5. Larissa Kelly, $660,930

        • Matt Rose | June 3, 2019 at 2:10 pm |

          Looking at the All Time Winners List.

          James can pass Ken Jennings with A Million $ Jeopardy Win.

          But will James get a chance to play for 2 Million, to beat Brad, as James needs over $2,200,000 to beat Brad and then be the #1 All Time Jeopardy Money Winner Ever on Jeopardy

        • James’s total should be $2,464,216 on this list…he won $2000 today for finishing second.

          • Actually, not so. The consolation amounts are never added to the total winning amounts for multi-game champions. Check the current TOC qualifier list and you can confirm.

    • Vader47000 | June 3, 2019 at 11:08 pm |

      James had the higher Coryat score, better buzzer average and answered more questions correct. He encountered the bad luck of Daily Double placements. That’s not choking. That’s Jeopardy the game asserting itself over Jeopardy the knowledge exam.

      He’s also the all-time leader in game average, which per many metrics gives him claim as greatest ever.

      Obviously a three-way, five-day contest between James, Ken and Brad is needed.

  16. Just want to point out that he once again played a perfect game. So many critics of his betting strategy, but it did not hurt him in the end. He made no mistakes and got more correct answers today than anyone. Just a solid opponent and hitting the Daily Doubles were the difference. That is the luck of the game.

    Bravo to a truly great champion.

    • Matt Rose | June 3, 2019 at 12:12 pm |

      Yes, James played his usual great game. Perfect with no incorrect responses. & Getting no benefit of extra $s of any of the 3 DD Questions. As he pick DD1 on pick #1.

      But James did have his 2nd to worst buzz in rate of his 33 games. The worst being his 2nd win.

      And Emma was great and deserves win…but pretty lucky a librarian researcher gets a question about a novelist.

    • Will Morris | June 3, 2019 at 3:24 pm |

      With apologies to Patrick Stewart:

      It is possible to make no mistakes and still lose. That is not weakness. That is life.

      Bravo, James. Looking forward to seeing you in the Tournament of Champions. You’re probably the favorite but nothing in that tournament is guaranteed.

  17. So sad–congrats to James! I was looking forward to James breaking the record today. His run was great! I’d like to see the top 30 scores–James has the majority. What were the top 10 before James? Thanks for this web site.

  18. Thank you Andy for your information and guidance during James’ historic run. I have several friends who will be glad the “buzzsaw” was finally defeated. I like to see more competitive matches myself, but was kind of pulling for James to beat Ken’s money record.

    But now that he’s been defeated, I can’t wait for the next TOC that has James in it. Will be interesting to see if it changes the game play of the other champions involved.

    Go Jeopardy!

  19. Was this the first game taped after Alex’s initial cancer announcement?

    • He taped the announcement before Thursday’s show; the players at the end of last week knew.

      But this was the first one taped after the public knew.

      • And so, we know Trebek’s spoiler-ish public comment about James taping for “some shows before, some shows after the announcement,” means some = 30 or some = 3, depending on context.

  20. Kind of bummed to see James gone. James honestly brought a lot more excitement to the game with his record breaking games and his amazing totals. I wanted him to break Ken’s record, but oh well.

    One thing is for sure, Jeopardy will never be the same. It’ll be interesting to see if people start to default to the bottom to top strategy, but I personally don’t know. The records for highest totals will probably not be broken for a very long time.

  21. Last week I felt like his bets were low and he looked rather sad/off. Perhaps he’d had enough and wasn’t trying on the buzzer. Seems odd that he dropped so significantly in his buzzer rating. Maybe he was tired and had enough, although leaving without beating Jenning’s money record is sadness. Boo hiss. Back to other programming now. I really only watched Jeopardy for James and am sad to see him leave. I don’t enjoy the regular contestants, I found James exciting to watch. I’m super bummed. I’m sure he’ll be back for a tournament though.

  22. Elizabeth Harris | June 3, 2019 at 1:11 pm |

    Emma was a holdover from the previous week, so she had the weekend to revamp her strategy. She also wrote one of her grad school papers (or her Master’s thesis) at UNC-Chapel Hill on wagering on J! clues – so she has been into studying ways to win at Jeopardy for a long time. This isn’t minimizing her success, but she was no “ordinary” Monday contestant.

    • Elizabeth:

      I believe that you are incorrect. It was a Tuesday, and the only holdover over a weekend would be a Los Angeles-based alternate, who knows going in that they are likely to be held over.

      As best as I can tell, Emma came in cold and beat James anyway.

      • Matt Rose | June 3, 2019 at 5:51 pm |

        Andy, That brings up an interesting question.

        As when Emma played, could Emma have known nothing about James style and strategy.

        As none of James games were shown on TV yet, and this was 5he first game of the week, taped with a new group of contestants in the audience.

        PS. But I would imagine that even if the above happened and was true, there would be unofficial talk among Jeopardy people who commented on James winnings and strategy.

        Like James, is a bigger badder Ken Jennings. So be quick and perfect and you might have a chance to beat James and win.

  23. Christina O. | June 3, 2019 at 1:51 pm |

    James –

    Thank you for single-handedly changing how Jeopardy is played. You are an artist and created a new way to play and win the game. Your talents and skills are not unnoticed and I thank you for inspiring me to be a life long learner and better understanding the game of wagering.

    May you and your family have the best fun traveling and doing whatever brings you together, laughter and joy! All the very best to you.

  24. Maurine Gutowski | June 3, 2019 at 2:05 pm |

    At least James can finally actually get PAID, although who knows how that is done. The $1,000 and $2,000 loser money should be immediate.

    • A lot of us who’ve been on the show and frequent this website know how it is done.

  25. Brian P Norwood | June 3, 2019 at 2:16 pm |

    James was a great champion. I am surprised he didn’t go all in on Final Jeopardy as he was behind. I read his daughter wanted him to lose. Could that be the reason he didn’t even cover her total before FJ?

    • Matt Rose | June 3, 2019 at 2:41 pm |

      No, James FJ bet was to insure him of staying in 2nd place over 3rd place. Which still could have gotten James a win, if the Leader was wrong. As her bet was expected to be very high, too high for James to beat her, if she guessed FJ question correctly.

  26. Matt Rose | June 3, 2019 at 2:37 pm |

    As the pre FJ Scores were leaked out on the internet. Guessing either Sony, ABC TV or Jeopardy did that link. Even as Sony later had it taken done as a copywriter violation.

    So guessing that was to get this James show, it biggest TV ratings, as it is Jeopardy last show with James till TOC.

    • They did kind of the same thing when Ken lost. I remember seeing ads the week before saying things like “you’re not going to want to miss Jeopardy on Tuesday”, when they hadn’t been really promoting the show (at least in my city) for Ken’s 74 game run. I knew something was up and that it was going to be his last game.

      • It makes sense, the ratings were already way up, so why not go out with a bang? I’d gotten kind of bored, and wasn’t really watching much anymore, (making the mistake of admitting this here…ouch!!)…I’ll definitely tune in tonight. They ain’t dummies.

  27. Matt Rose | June 3, 2019 at 2:46 pm |

    Looking at Game Stats, James still played a better game than Emma. It’s just that EMMA got the DD2 and DD3 Questions, and answered them correctly.

    Game Stats:
    Emma $18,800 Coryat, 21 correct, 0 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer
    James $23,400 Coryat, 25 correct, 0 incorrect, 42.11% in first on buzzer
    Jay $11,000 Coryat, 13 correct, 1 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer

    • Emma also learned to use James’ betting strategy. Trailing early in Double Jeopardy!, Emma went all in on DD2 to take the lead, got DD3 and nursed the lead into FJ. An average DD bet would have not have gotten the job done, since trailing going into FJ against James is virtually a sure loss.

      • Matt Rose | June 3, 2019 at 5:36 pm |

        Agree, the All In DD2 bet for Emma. Coming James. Pretty much was the biggest reason Emma won today.

        • Matt Rose | June 3, 2019 at 5:42 pm |

          Looking at DD2, Probably pre James, most would have risked up or about 4,000 to 5,000. Playing it safe. But she learned from James to go ALL IN, with 7,600, Togo for broke. As Emma would either have 0, or 15,200 and a 2,600 lead over James.

          2) CAPITAL “A” $800 (4th pick)
          Emma 7600 +7600 (James 12600 Jay 2600)

      • Wagering all in on an early daily double, especially from a trailing position, is not “James’ strategy” but as those who mentioned her research would agree, it is the best play. I was going to say Alex Trebek encouraged her into the big bet, but this is all on her. Good job, Emma. Hope you win a bunch.

      • From his game totals and from playing James in the game, she knew she was going up against a dynamite player who was going to be tough to beat. She even said that she figured she better make it a true daily double on her first daily double. Daily Doubles and Final Jeopardy are ways that make Jeopardy more dramatic but not fairer.

  28. Mary A Rose | June 3, 2019 at 3:53 pm |

    Was my birthday a jinx for James somehow? Well, Happy Birthday to me anyway! Sorry, James.

  29. Prithvi Sudhakar | June 3, 2019 at 4:47 pm |

    Congrats to James Holzhauer on his winning streak! He set a lot of records, and I enjoyed seeing him play and having most of his games as runaways.

    One game of his that I found surprising was Game 17, in which he won but did not manage to find a Daily Double.

    Now let’s hope that Emma can keep a streak going!

  30. Noumon Munir | June 3, 2019 at 5:00 pm |

    Can someone explain to me how this happened . I thought like everyone else that he would have won. And is there a story about the woman Emma that beat him??

    • Elizabeth Harris | June 3, 2019 at 5:49 pm |

      She wrote her masters thesis at UNC Chapel Hill on Jeopardy so I am sure she has been studying the game for a long time. This was her game. Found the 2 DDs when she had enough cash to make a difference and got a FJ clue on Shakespeare and she’s a librarian. Not taking away from her win but the stars aligned for her. A lot of smart women don’t risk enough on FJ but she did! I will really miss James who is the GOAT for me because he has changed the way the game will be played from this point on and games will not be so predictable. Both James and Emma are from Chicago and it’s suburbs.

  31. Leonard Davis | June 3, 2019 at 5:13 pm |

    Thanks a LOT, news reporters at ABC 7 Eyewitness News!

    They spoiled the outcome of this episode for me and got me to check this page for results to verify whether it was true.

  32. Marty Cunningham | June 3, 2019 at 6:20 pm |

    Sad to see the run end! Really thought he would pass Ken’s record today.

    There is so much that goes on during taping, to ensure fair play, that there is no possibility of tampering with the outcome. There is a monitor from Standards and Practices who is not only present during filming, to ensure fair play, but he is actually the one who reviews the game boards that the writers have put together and he determines which ones to ‘load in’ for the 5 shows to be filmed on a given day, before the contestants arrive, and even they are randomly picked to play each game as well, so, yes, occasionally there may be a clue that may seem to favor one player over another, but that is truly random chance. Having seen it work, and been part of some edits that were made to ensure fairness, there is no way that the board can be ‘rigged’ for or against any player. It is the luck of the draw for any given show, then the contestants’ knowledge, and finally, the speed on the buzzer (and maybe being able to read the clue through before Alex finishes reading it) that determine who may or may not have an edge in each game.
    Hard to say if ratings may drop now that James is gone, but there could be a dip between now and the end of the season in July. Definitely do think that more contestants, especially in the new season, will try and adapt to James’s style of play, just as some tried to adapt after Arthur Chu’s run, which may help with the pacing of play, and could generate some exciting games.
    No doubt there will be a lot of analysis on James’ run, probably a fair amount from James himself, but this is good to keep the show fresh and exciting. This does open the possibility to get some more ‘streakers’ for the tournament (winners of 5 or more games) before the cut off in August (still 4 spots open), and it will be interesting to see how James does in the Tournament, now that the others know that he is coming.

  33. Bob Chang | June 3, 2019 at 6:22 pm |

    Even if the DD situation with Emma and James were reversed with identical wagering, there wouldn’t have been a runaway, though he would have won. He’d have entered FJ with 33,000 and Emma with 17,000. Exciting, but quite likely he wouldn’t have broken Ken’s record this game.

  34. Congratulations James.Well done.Now have a great party with your daughter and all the family

  35. I feel sorry for him.

  36. Did anyone else think that Trebek seemed to be a bit choked up at the end? Maybe a combination of the taping to his cancer announcement, the end of a great champion’s run, and the sweet card from James’s daughter. Hopefully Alex’s treatment will continue to go well and he’ll be there for the TOC and the James, Brad, and Ken match we all want to see. Making it a charity event for pancreatic cancer would be great!

    • I did think Alex was choked up as I bet many Jeopardy diehards including myself were. Kudos to Emma for the true daily double and being the new champ, glad a woman. 😉James will be greatly missed.

  37. If he had gotten the DD1 a little later after getting more money or had gotten either of the DJ! DD’s, the story could easily have changed. Very bummed that he didn’t break the record but it was an incredible performance and he should be proud.

  38. The king is dead, long live the queen. Thanks to all three contestants tonight. That’s the best played game I have ever seen from the entire group. One miss in 60 clues is amazing.

  39. I don’t understand the conspiracy theories. James made the exact right bet. As a side note, these conspiracy theories are undermining the great game that Emma played. I don’t know how many games she will win but in the moment tonight, she would have beat almost anyone. We all knew that eventually James’ run would come to an end. It’s a great run so let’s appreciate it for what it is and appreciate the amazing effort from Emma that ended it.

  40. Congratulations to James on a uniquely phonemonal run. The game will never be the same, and I think that’s a good thing.

    Congratulations to Emma on her excellent play and well-deserved victory. I hope we see a nice long run of victories from Emma as well.

    It seemed to me that several factors played into the outcome of today’s game:

    DJ’s: James’s first DJ on his first pick prevented him from running up a dominating score to begin with. Luck of the draw there. Then Emma was able to use her first DJ to double up and take the lead, which I believe she never relinquished. From start to finish, it was a close contest, and highly entertaining to watch.
    First on buzzer: Between them, Emma and Jay held James to his lowest first-on-buzzer stat since May 23, when Nate come close to beating James. On the other recent games. James’s first-on-buzzer is in 50-60% range. Today it was in the 40%’s as it was on May 23. His competitors have typically shown 10-20% range, but today Emma was 33%. On the 23rd, Nate was 37%. The more evenly shared first-on-buzzer play seemed evident to me during the game, and is borne out in the stats, though James was ahead in all of these games.
    As noted, there was only one incorrect response today. All three players knew their stuff, and were able to back up their buzz-ins with right answers.

    Beautiful game from all three. Well fought, and a deserving close the “Jacobean” Era.

  41. Mark Warner | June 3, 2019 at 8:18 pm |

    I am stunned! This close to regular record, and he did not win. I am saddened for my loss. The two opponents were not lucky – they were smart and talented. Ken Jennings – you are still Jack Nicklaus. James is Tiger Woods. Wow! Really never ever saw this coming. Probably be quite a while before I heavily watch Jeopardy again. Thanks for the ride.

  42. As I said a little while ago, when the time came, the media was going to spoil the result for everyone. If today’s media was around in the 1940’s and knew the date and location of the D-Day landing, they would have printed it: “You’ll never guess the actual location of the Allied landing! Click here to find out!”

    • Most of the country forgets that there are states like California and Hawaii that are hours earlier than the rest of the country. For Jeopardy spoilers, it’s a minor annoyance. When news outlets predict Presidential winners even before we finish voting, it’s criminal.

      • Vader47000 | June 3, 2019 at 11:24 pm |

        Yeah, it’s easy enough to avoid this Website before the episode airs (and the site is clear about live-tweeting the East Coast feed of games, so just mute it). Avoiding the news crawl on ESPN during a baseball game? Major news outlets including spoiler headlines in email blasts and Twitter notifications? Not as easy to avoid when you have no idea that’s what they’ve decided to cover that day when they’ve never covered it before.

        The lack of consideration is so disappointing. It’s as if their mindset was “we gave them six hours of spoiler warnings, now we can just say it directly in tweets,” or “it’s aired on the East Coasts, it’s fair game.” All before half the country has yet to see it.

  43. I have enjoyed watching James winning streak so much that I would light-heartily Compare myself to Raymond in ‘Rain Man’ who Could not miss an episode of Judge Wopner!!! I would have loved to see him break the record, and look forward to seeing him in the Tournament of Champions. I also think he has the most adorable smile!!!

  44. center ice | June 3, 2019 at 9:27 pm |

    I was stewing about the game for a little while, but then realized:

    The Tournament of Champions is on the way!

    Another $250,000 for James? I’d like to see the odds on that, Vegas books — and also the chance to see one of the greatest Jeopardy! players ever back on the buzzer. The other 14 contestants will have a lot on their plates while preparing for JJ — buzzer skills, studying and calming of their nerves.

    Prediction: Jeopardy! ratings take deep dive — leadoff contestant, “I’ll take European cities for $200” — then zoom back up for the T o C and $1,000 clues off the top.

  45. center ice | June 3, 2019 at 9:35 pm |

    And I wish Sports Jeopardy! was still around so we could see him in action there (and I would have liked to have taken a whirl on that, too). But as I understand, James tried out for that, too, and wasn’t chosen, probably because he doesn’t have a case of arrested development or call his favorite team “us.” Of course, he got the better of the options, by far.

  46. freddie leonard | June 3, 2019 at 10:05 pm |

    Many have said they rearranged their plans just to watch James because of his incredible run. I wouldn’t be surprised if Emma went on an incredible run herself and many plan their schedules to watch her.

  47. Most of the country forgets that there are states like California and Hawaii that are hours earlier than the rest of the country. For Jeopardy spoilers, it’s a minor annoyance. When news outlets predict Presidential winners even before we finish voting, it’s criminal.

  48. Mary A Rose | June 4, 2019 at 1:49 am |

    I know this question has been answered previously, but since I was with my spouse in the ER this afternoon and evening, I did not get to see any of today’s show, so where can I find the complete show on-line without signing away my first-born?

    Yes, indeed, today was my birthday and hubby’s trip to the ER had nothing to do with it–I promise!

  49. Congratulations to James Holzhauer on a historic, legendary Jeopardy! run! He has nothing to hang his head about. Sure, the run could have been much longer and he could’ve won much more money. Nonetheless, JH’s performance during the entire streak was amazing! 🙂

  50. Jim Fryza | June 4, 2019 at 5:52 am |

    You are in luck, Jeopardy posted it on YouTube.

  51. Myron Rushetzky | June 4, 2019 at 8:59 am |

    Why was James wearing a little purple ribbon over his heart in this game? I don’t recall him wearing one previously. Neither Emma nor Jay were wearing one. (I’m thinking of the Cindy Stowell tribute).

    • Purple is for pancreatic cancer.

      • Myron Rushetzky | June 4, 2019 at 5:13 pm |

        So, as this was the first game taped after Alex’s public announcement, James took it upon himself to wear the purple ribbon in tribute to Alex and presented him with the “Get Well” card that his daughter made?
        How very thoughtful!

        Andy, any idea what James said to Jay before his Final Jeopardy! response was revealed?

  52. I feel like I just found out my favorite TV show is not getting renewed. James Holzhauer, I am going to miss seeing you every week night at 7:00. You brought such excitement to Jeopardy!.

    Congratulations, Emma. Well played.

  53. Ryan Vogel | June 4, 2019 at 9:35 am |

    Crazy night. Go Raptors!

  54. How about a special tournament for some of the top players who lost to James during this amazing streak? I’m thinking a 4 day “play-in” tournament. 3 games(9 players), then the 3 winners play a 4th game. The winner gets an entry into the Tournament of Champions.

  55. Pizza Face Fred | June 4, 2019 at 12:05 pm |

    I’d like to see stats for the lowest number of Triple Stumpers during a streak of, say, 10 games or more. I’m used to getting two or three a game; I was lucky to get one during his reign. And James getting 32 out of 33 Finals right, well, that’s downright incredible. Thanks to James, I now know that no matter how good I get at Jeopardy!, or ever hope to be, there’s probably another player like him out there, and any efforts I make to improve my skills are pointless. I don’t know exactly how long I’ve been watching Jeopardy! (decades, for sure), but I’ll always remember him as the best I’ve seen…

  56. Maurine Gutowski | June 4, 2019 at 2:41 pm |

    California and Hawaii are LATER in the day than New York time, three hours and five hours respectively.

    • Ummm….right now it’s 14:45 in NY. 12:45 in California. 8:45 in Hawaii (they aren’t on DST). So…I would say that it’s later in NY. 3 hours and 6 hours, respectively.

  57. Maurine Gutowski | June 4, 2019 at 2:48 pm |

    I watch Jeopardy to challenge MYSELF brainwise as I get older. So I don’t mind a slower pace and categories I do know something about. I am terrible on modern entertainers and crazy movies.

  58. Maurine Gutowski | June 4, 2019 at 3:00 pm |

    Hawaii is the same time zone as Alaska and doesn’t go on DST. I taught in Hawaii for three years and got used to the differences with my native New York. I go on line with in Norway every day and they’re way ahead of us in their daily activities. (Weather abnormalities are a HUGE concern there.)

  59. Paco Martin | June 4, 2019 at 8:00 pm |

    I don’t watch a lot of Jeopardy, but I figured out that James’ Final Jeopardy bet of $1,399 was to preserve his lock on Jay if both he and Emma got FJ wrong and Jay got it right. He could see that Emma was a savvy player and was not going to bet less than $20,201.
    But people seemed surprised (including Alex T). Is this bet that unusual? I realize that it is not common to have such a strong 3rd place contestant,

    • This type of bet is not unusual in the circumstances and many people seem surprised but really shouldn’t be. James is a professional gambler and knows how to bet. Savvy players bet strategically to win the games. Sometimes you see players make poor decisions on their bets in Final Jeopardy and are beaten by a player in third place when they shouldn’t. How confident you are in the Final Jeopardy category also influence the bet.

  60. Paco Martin | June 4, 2019 at 8:09 pm |

    James’s buzz in rate was low this game. I guess it is a chicken and egg problem. I assume his buzz rate was low because both Emma and Jay were very strong players. Not that they were getting a lot of 1st buzz in answers because James was weak. James also had a low buzz in rate in his second episode Friday, April 5, 2019.

    It’s tough to battle two good contestants.
    James 22 Right (including 1 DD),1 Wrong
    Satish 18 Right (including 2 DDs),1 Wrong
    Marshall 15 Right, 4 Wrong

  61. I write this comment as a sad fellow. It feels a friend was lost when James was eliminated on Monday. Truth be told, I saw the spoiler clip on Sunday morning and was hoping it was not true. Congrats to Emma on a well played game. Would James edge her 8, maybe 9 times out of 10? I think so, but Emma played a great game and took advantage of the DD’s that she hit. We will miss you James!

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