Action Network: Holzhauer went into Final Jeopardy with $23,400, which was $3,200 behind leader Emma Boettcher. Holzhauer got the question right, at first glance, strangely wagering just $1,399. That would have taken him to $24,799, which was $1,801 behind Boettcher.
But Holzhauer explained to The Action Network that he first was concerned with the contestant in third place, who had $11,000 heading into a Final Jeopardy. Doubling down would have gotten that contestant to $22,000, which would have been $1 less than if James would have missed. If James doubled down, he would have been at $46,800, but Boettcher seemed to have done the math perfectly as well. She got the question right and wagered $20,201, which gave her $46,801, a dollar more than what Holzhauer would’ve earned with a double-down bet.
“I knew I could only win if Emma missed Final Jeopardy, as there was no way she wouldn’t bet to cover my all-in bet,” Holzhauer told The Action Network. “So my only concern was getting overtaken by third place, and I bet just enough to make sure of locking him out. Betting big would have looked good for the cameras, but now I turn my straight bet (Emma misses) into a parlay (Emma misses and I get it right).”
This makes so much sense it’s confusing. But that’s James 101. Every game he was trying to double his money or at least bet north of 15k. That’s why Monday night confused so many people. We needed an answer and thank god we got one.
Still heartbroken and can’t believe James’ run has come to an end. He was a man amongst boys and we’ll never see that type of run again. Yes there will be another idiot that wins like 40 days in a row but not like James. Not pulling the amount of cash he did per episode or with his total bizarre behavior. He was our Haley’s comet. RIP James. Lost but never forgotten.