James Holzhauer Loses Points to Honor Alex Trebek During 'Jeopardy!' GOAT Night 3

January 10, 2020

SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details that happened on Thursday's night "Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time" tournament.

Ken Jennings is closer than ever to becoming the champion for the “Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time” tournament.

On Thursday night, Kennings won his second match of the tournament.

The contestant was the first to advance with a win under his belt after a night 1 victory.

But the tides turned on night 2, when "Jeopardy!" lovers saw James Holzhauer take the title.

Jennings walked away the victor from Thursday night's episode, the third of the tournament.

Holzhauer was quite impressed. After the show, the Nevada-based sports bettor tweeted, "My wife is going to make me roleplay as @KenJennings tonight."

Kennings responded to the tweet, saying, "It's all about the timing on the button."

By the end of the match, all three contestants demonstrated that they spent more time memorizing trivia than seeing movies.

The tournament puts together the three biggest money winners in the show’s history for the program's first network prime time special since 1990.

Each game consists of two half-hour matches with the night’s highest total points winner being the winner.

On Thursday's episode, all players had the correct answer to the first Final Jeopardy. The question was, "These 2 now-defunct parties each gave the U.S. 4 presidents in the 19th century.” The correct answer was, “What are the Whigs and Democratic Republicans?”

Jennings won the first game with a total of 51,200 points. Holzhauer ended with 27,200 and Rutter with 17,600.

In Game 2, Holzhauer took the lead with 5,000 points, but lost all of them in a Daily Double bet.

Rutter got both Daily Doubles in the Double Jeopardy! leaving him in second place.

The second Final Jeopardy! question was, "These 2 foreign-born directors have each won 2 best director Oscars, but none of their films has won best picture."

Holzhauer, who was in third place, sacrificed his answer to dedicate a heartfelt tribute to Alex Trebek. He wrote, "Who is the GHOST - greatest host of syndicated TV?" Trebek also asked if he'd started to write "Pat Sajak," joking, "I wish you had risked more points!"

The contest could end Friday night if Jennings wins agains. The winner receives $1 million while the other two contestants receive $250,000.

The tournament continues Jan. 10 at 8pm EST on ABC.

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