This Jeopardy! contestant is the finest of all time.
That acknowledge lastly received its inquire — who’s Ken Jennings? — because the iconic game existing’s story match came to an dwell on Tuesday. Jennings won his third match on the match’s fourth episode, defeating opponents James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter and officially incomes the title of Jeopardy! GOAT.
Jennings came into the match main the series, with two wins to Holzhauer’s one and Rutter’s zero. The two-game showdown became once a shut rush between Holzhauer and Jennings. Holzhauer went into the most major game’s Final Jeopardy finest 10,000 points in the help of — no longer worthy by these champions’ standards — but Jennings bet immense and answered precisely, racking up 65,600 points. He became once trailing going into the 2d game’s Final, with 23,000 points to Holzhauer’s 44,000. Nonetheless whereas Jennings answered precisely over again, Holzhauer didn’t, shedding all his points and handing the steal to Jennings. Jennings’ victory brings his Jeopardy! winnings full, including tournaments, to $4,370,700.
The prime-time match pitted the three very top-incomes champions in Jeopardy! history against every masses of for the most major time ever. Jennings, who aloof holds the tips for longest Jeopardy! successful budge (74 video games) and extremely top winnings full in usual-season gameplay ($2,520,700), had faced Rutter several instances sooner than. He misplaced at any time when other than in the 2011 “IBM Dilemma” match, when every males misplaced to IBM’s Watson computer. (Jennings positioned 2d, Rutter third.)
Neither had ever performed against Holzhauer, who soared into the Jeopardy! document books closing year with a 32-game successful budge, in the midst of which he many instances broke the one-game winnings document and fell about $56,500 short of Jennings’ full (he earned $2,462,216). Holzhauer added one other $250,000 to his winnings along with his victory in November’s Match of Champions.
Though Rutter didn’t fare properly in the GOAT match, successful no suits, he retains the title of very top-incomes Jeopardy! contestant: Jennings’ $1 million prize became once no longer ample to surpass Rutter’s $4.6 million full, which he accumulated over several tournaments besides to his five-game successful budge in 2000. (When Rutter first looked on Jeopardy!, champions were no longer allowed to continue previous five video games.) Jennings, on the replacement hand, will now have the finest prize of all: bragging rights.
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