Matt Amodio has been claiming headlines ever since he first appeared on “Jeopardy!” over a month ago.
The Ph.D. student from New Haven, Connecticut quickly drew fan ire for answering questions with “What is…?” for names, when the correct pronoun should have been “Who is…?”
Since it is still in the form of a question, Amodio wasn’t breaking any rules, and as a result, he was able to play on.
And play on he did, becoming one of the show’s newest stars.
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The “Jeopardy!” Hall of Fame has now updated their record books to show that Amodio has now unseated James Holzhauer for the most consecutive games won. Holzhauer set the record in 2019 with 32 games, and won over two million dollars thanks to his aggressive “all in” betting strategy.
However, Holzhauer still holds the record for most Single-Game Winnings, accumulating $131,127 on April 17, 2019. Holzhauer has actually taken up every spot on the Top 10 list for Single-Game Winnings, making it unlikely for Amodio’s conservative wagers to claim him a spot on the list.
It also does not seem likely that he will unseat “The Chaser” Brad Rutter, who has accumulated almost five million dollars in winnings, including tournaments. However, Amodio does rank fourth in this listing, right behind “Jeopardy!” G.O.A.T Ken Jennings and Holzhauer.
Jennings made history with his record-breaking run of 74 consecutive games won in 2004. With 33 wins now under his belt as of Friday’s airing, Amodio is still not even at the halfway point. However, Amodio does not seem to want to break Kenning’s victory streak. Instead, he has a different goal in mind.
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In a recently published Newsweek article, Amodio claims that his ultimate goal is to “win $1 more than Ken Jennings.” While ambitious, it does not look likely. Ken Jennings holds the record for highest winnings from regular season play with $2,520,700. Holzhauer is hot on his heels, with $2,462,216 won – still impressive, considering that he accumulated that amount in only 32 games.
As of the latest episode, Amodio has only earned $1,267,801, which leaves him with quite a way to go in order to reach his goal of usurping Jenning’s title.
Admitting that he doesn’t have “a whole lot of self-confidence,” Amodio explained that his record-setting run still doesn’t feel real to him.
“It’s been nice to see my statistics accumulate, but I feel I’m always going to know less than James Holzhauer and Ken Jennings,” he wrote. “Getting my name into the record books as having the second-longest winning streak, 33 games won to date, is something to hold on to, but even having my name considered in the same running as them doesn’t sound right to me.”
Knowing that his time on “Jeopardy!” will soon come to an end, he continued, “I’m trying to ride the surf for as long as I can. I know that my run will end at some point. I’ll become a memory as opposed to a tangible, current thing, and I’ll go back to a regular, normal, life. I’m enjoying things being different at the moment, but eventually, I’ll go and be the Matt I was always going to be anyway.”