“Jeopardy!” contestant James Holzhauer continues to break the game show’s records. USA TODAY
Spoiler alert: This article has been updated to include information about James Holzhauer’s performance in Monday’s episode.
In an upset of extraordinary magnitude, James Holzhauer finally lost on Jeopardy! after 32 victories and nearly $2.5 million in winnings. In Monday’s telecast of the previously recorded show, Holzhauer is defeated by Emma Boettcher, according to The New York Times.
How unlikely was this?
Going strictly by the available numbers – that is, the data from his performances and those of hundreds of other recent contestants – Syracuse University sports analytics professors Shane Sanders and Justin Ehrlich had found that at the start of any