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James Holzhauer Graciously Calls Ken Jennings The 'Best Ever' After Losing 'Jeopardy! GOAT' Tournament

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By Clark Sparky

James Holzhauer took to Twitter on Tuesday night to share his thoughts on the "Jeopardy! Greatest Of All-Time" tournament after he and Brad Rutter lost to Ken Jennings. Many thought the 36-year-old would have a shot at winning the competition, but Jennings proved to be the superior player thoughout the matches.

"I’m sure we all wished it could have gone seven nights, but we got the next best thing: a dominant performance with a clear winner to settle the GOAT debate," Holzhauer said.

"Ken has graciously said he “had to play like James to beat James,' but the entire basis of my strategy was 'let'’s pretend I’m playing against a @KenJennings every game, just in case I actually am.' (In my 33rd game, #JeopardyEmma was equal to Ken on his best day," he continued.

He then went on to share his thank yous.

"Thanks to @KenJennings and @bradrutter for a hell of a match. Ken and Brad are great @Jeopardy players but even better people, and have been incredibly good sports about my kayfabe feuding and trash talk," he wrote.

"Thanks to @ABCNetwork for taking a chance on us, to everyone on the @Jeopardy team for everything they do, and especially to Alex Trebek for gutting through the fight of his life to deliver an absolute A+ performance in prime time," Holzhauer tweeted.

Jennings tweeted about the match as well, admitting that he felt he got lucky.

"I know this tournament was supposed to settle the Jeopardy 'Greatest of All Time' question forever, but let's be honest: I got some breaks," he wrote. "There's a lot of luck in a game of Jeopardy: the categories, who finds the Daily Doubles, who misses a fluky DD or Final...," he wrote.

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