Matt Amodio has reached another milestone with “Jeopardy!”.
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The reigning champion of the popular television quiz show won his 33rd straight game on Friday, overtaking James Holzhauer to move into second place on the all-time list, the New York Times reported.
Amodio, 30, a Yale Ph.D. Computer science student, now just behind Ken Jennings, who won 74 games in a row in 2004.
Last week, Amodio of Medina, Ohio was just the third person to top $ 1 million in non-tournament winnings.
Amodio’s win grossed him $ 1.267.801 million, but he still has a long way to go to become number 1 in overall revenue. Jennings won $ 2,520,700 and Holzhauer, a professional sports bettor based in Las Vegas, won $ 2,462,216 in 2019.
On Friday, host Mayim Bialik noticed the potential milestone ahead of the game and told the audience, “Will Matt be celebrating this weekend or will one of our new challengers?”
Amodio, a fifth year student at Yale, is researching artificial intelligence. He said he was “Jeopardy!” because before that he could “even understand the words”, according to a profile at the Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science.
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With the game show being pre-recorded, Amodio and Bialik already knew what was going to happen.
On Friday, Amodio faced two other PhD students, USA Today reported: Thomas Dai of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Samantha Wells of Urbana, Illinois. Amodio was leading by $ 10,400 after the first round and had $ 35,400 going into the Final Jeopardy round, the newspaper reported. That was three times as much as Wells, who came second on the last question.
Amodio bet $ 20,000 in Final Jeopardy and answered correctly: “The April 26, 1906 issue of The Call, a newspaper in that city, reported the heroic death of the Hoseman James O’Neil.” The answer was San Francisco, and Amodio, the only one of three participants who got the right answer, got his daily earnings up to $ 55,400, USA Today reported.
Amodio said in a press release that it was “surreal” to stand next to Jennings in the hall of fame, the Times reported. Amodio wrote on Twitter that Holzhauer was better than him in “literally every way”.
Tomorrow on #Jeopardy I have a chance to remind everyone how much better than me @James_Holzhauer is in literally every way
I would be honored to be compared to someone I admire so much!
– Matt Amodio (@AmodioMatt) September 30, 2021
“Ken has always been the face of ‘Jeopardy!’ for me, so when I say ‘Jeopardy!’ think I think of him, “Amodio said in the press release. “To (be) directly behind him is a surreal experience.”
Holzhauer congratulated Amodio and put the milestone into perspective using a sports betting analogy.
“It’s like hitting a 33-game game of sports betting, and there’s a reason you never see anyone,” Holzhauer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal via email. “Something or someone always triggers you at some point.”
Holzhauer made a similar comment on Twitter, noting that it was the first time he had “met someone at a 33-game game.”
I’ve been betting sports betting since 2005 and this is the first time I’ve seen anyone reach a game of 33 games. Congratulations @AmodioMatt!
– James Holzhauer (@James_Holzhauer) October 2, 2021
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