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Report- ‘Jeopardy!’ Fans Angry James Holzhauer Will Play Emma Boettcher, Not Ken Jennings, in Tournament of Champions


Die-hard Jeopardy fans love the idea of their favorite champions going head-to-head; however, when the Tournament of Champions lineup was announced on Wednesday, some fans were less than satisfied.

The Red Tea Detox

After the dust settled from the initial excitement about James Holzhauer’s return, Twitter users quickly voiced their disapproval after seeing that Emma Boettcher will face Holzhauer once again.

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Boettcher defeated Holzhauer on June 3, ending the Las Vegas sports bettor’s 32-game streak. The Chicago-based researcher defeated Holzhauer after putting in a higher wager during the “Final Jeopardy!” round.

Though she managed to dethrone the previously undefeated trivia whiz, many Twitter users didn’t think Boettcher deserved to face off against him again. Others hoped to see the battle between Holzhauer and Ken Jennings.

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“Emma did not earn it. She only won 3 games,” one Twitter user said. “Totally unfair to other, more deserving champions.”

“WHAT?? Why Emma??? How does she qualify? Others have won more (and Ryan is still going!!). It should be based on qualifications,” another groused. “They need to dump Emma. Something sounds fishy here.”

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“Ok, maybe we were not loud enough… We wanted Ken to compete against James NOT Emma,” one Twitter user stated emphatically.

Despite Twitter’s disappointment, Holzhauer seems excited by the opportunity for “revenge.”

“Am I eager for revenge? You Boettcher a** I am,” Holzhauer tweeted Wednesday.

jeopardy! james holzhauer wager
A general view on the set of the “Jeopardy!” Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational Tournament Show Taping on April 17, 2010, in Culver City, California. On Monday’s episode, James Holzhauer loses after a 32-game winning streak.
Getty/Amanda Edwards

Full list of competitors below:

James Holzhauer Las Vegas, Nev. 35 $2,462,216 32
Josh Hill North Little Rock, Ark. 34 $163,721 7
Ryan Fenster Seatac, Wash. 34 $156,497 7
Kyle Jones Aurora, Colo. 35 $145,403 7
Rob Worman Edina, Minn. 34 $133,900 6
Alan Dunn Johns Creek, Ga. 35 $120,802 5
Steven Grade Atlanta, Ga. 35 $115,501 5
Eric R. Backes Round Rock, Texas 35 $105,602 4
Anneke Garcia Salt Lake City, Utah 35 $104,497 4
Lindsey Shultz Pittsburgh, Penn. 35 $101,002 4
Emma Boettcher Chicago, Ill. 35 $97,002 3
Gilbert Collins Princeton, N.J. 34 $84,201 5
Rachel Lindgren Bend, Ore. 34 $75,999 5
Dhruv Gaur Gainesville, Ga. 34 $100,000 College Champion
Francois Barcomb New Paltz, N.Y. 35 $100,000 Teachers Champion

The Tournament of Champions‘ 10-day event airs November 4-15 and will give the top 15 competitors of Jeopardy seasons past an opportunity to win a $250,000 grand prize.


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