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James Holzhauer Will Battle Ken Jennings And Brad Rutter In January For "Greatest Of All Time" Title


Las Vegas sports bettor James Holzhauer got his revenge on Emma Boettcher, the Chicago librarian who ended Holzhauer’s epic run on Jeopardy!, last week with his Tournament of Champions Victory. Now, he’s got a chance to battle with the man that many compared him to during his 32-game winning streak.

Holzhauer tweeted Monday that he would be participating in a special Jeopardy! game dubbed "The Greatest Of All Time” match between himself, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.

The match will air on ABC on January 7 and will run into one of the players has won three matches and earns the $1 million prize. The other two contestants will each receive $250,000.

Jennings holds the record for most consecutive games won with 74 and the most money won during regular season play with $2.52 million.

Holzhauer won just shy of Jennings’ mark in less than half the games and was on pace to shatter Jennings’ money record before his loss to Boettcher. He owns the top 10 best single-game performances in show history.

Before Jennings came along, Rutter was the top Jeopardy! player in history. Between his 21 regular season and tournament games, he amassed $4.68 million in winnings. Rutter made his first appearance on the quiz show in 2000 when the rules stated that if a contestant won five games in a row, he would retire and guaranteed a spot in the Tournament of Champions.

That rule was changed in 2003, just before Jennings’ record-setting run in 2004. Rutter and Jennings had previously faced off in 2011 when the IBM computer Watson was the third competitor. Watson won the match and Jennings finished second. It was the first time Rutter lost a match to a fellow human.