Amy Schneider is the second all-time winner in 39 games
Reigning “Jeopardy!” champion Amy Schneider celebrates another milestone: The second longest winning streak in the history of the quiz show.
Schneider, a technical director from Oakland, Calif., on Monday broke Matt Amodio’s 38-game record, set just last October. (The two will face off in the upcoming “Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions.)
Ken Jennings, winner of the game show‘s 2020 Greatest of All Time tournament and current syndicated quiz show host, holds the record for most consecutive games with 74, set in 2004.
Jennings noted that Schneider potentially equaled Amodio’s record at the top of the episode as Schneider’s opponents – Joanne Mercer, a registered nurse from Toledo, Ohio, and Erin O’Leary, a lawyer from New York – prepared. to face the champion. But they were no match for Schneider, who racked up a big pot – $37,600 – ahead of Final Jeopardy. Mercer and O’Leary trailed with $4,200 and $800, respectively.
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The last clue, in the category of American museums, puzzled O’Leary: “Named in honor of a benefactor, it was established in 1893 to house artifacts from the neighboring world’s Columbian exhibition. Time passed before O’Leary could write down his incorrect “Bush Museum” answer. His bet of $799 brought it down to $1. Mercer correctly responded to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, raising it to $6,200. Schneider answered incorrectly, with the Grant Museum, and bet $25,000, but with $12,600 she won enough to make her today’s winner.
“It still feels unreal,” Schneider said in a statement. “Knowing that I had this chance, I really thought about it. Then Ken said it, and I thought, “Okay, I just accomplished this huge thing” and it was pretty awesome.
Her 39-day total is $1,319,800, which puts her in fourth place in regular-season game earnings and about $200,000 behind Amodio’s $1,518,601. James Holzhauer, with $2,462,216, is second behind Jennings’ earnings of $2,520,700.
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Unlike recent big-money champions Holzhauer and Amodio, Schneider told USA TODAY in a recent interview that she doesn’t really have a strategy. If she sees a category she feels less confident in, she zooms in on that one first; if Daily Doubles happened, not so much money to lose. Otherwise, she plays the game straightforward: stick to one category, from top to bottom.
But her predecessors have encouraged her to bet big when it counts. “I definitely tried to push myself to be a bit more aggressive with what I’m betting on daily doubles. Just because you should trust yourself you’re probably going to know the answer or you wouldn’t be in ‘Peril! ‘ in the first place.”
Contributor: David Oliver
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