Amodio Third-Highest Earner of all Time
OnFocus – Jeopardy champion Matt Amodio ended his historic 38-day Jeopardy! run on Monday’s episode of the popular game show, walking away with $1,519,601. He is the third millionaire contestant after Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer.
A PhD student in computer science at Yale, Amodio is known for his signature “What’s” answer (instead of adjusting the interrogative pronoun to fit the question).
Amodio is the third-highest earner of all time in regular-season play, second-most successful in consecutive games won, and fourth-biggest all-time winner. During his time on season 37, Amodio qualified as the first seed in the next Tournament of Champions.
On Monday’s episode, Amodio faced Jonathan Fisher, an actor from Coral Gables, Florida, and Jessica Stephens, a statistical research specialist from Nashville.
Normally dominating his games and entering Final Jeopardy with no chance to lose, Amodio was missing his normal quick responses and struggled with some answers. He also didn’t get a single Daily Double.
The final clue was: Nazi Germany annexed this nation & divided it into regions of the Alps & the Danube; The allies latter divided it into 4 sectors.
Fischer and Stephens both entered Final Jeopardy with $14,600 and $14,400 respectively, and each answered correctly with “What is Austria?” Amodio, who entered Final Jeopardy with $10,600, incorrectly answered “What is Poland?”
“We have to say goodbye to Matt Amodio,” said guest host Mayim Bialik. “It has been an honor and a pleasure to watch you here. Congratulations!”
(The OnFocus staff are big Jeopardy! fans and wish Matt the best of luck in his future endeavors! Congratulations!)
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