‘Jeopardy!’: Amy Schneider Wins 14th-Straight Game, Moves To 4th on Winnings List

by Anna Dunn

Jeopardy! Champ Amy Schneider just won her 14th straight game and has moved up to fourth on the winnings list. The show recently went on a break to do their annual competition amongst professors across the country. But now that it’s gotten back to its regularly scheduled programming, Schneider has continued to dominate.

Schneider, who’s an engineering major from Oakland, California, has now won a total of $571,200. This means she now comes in fourth on that list. The three contestants that are higher on that list are Matt Amodio ($1,518,601), James Holzhauer ($2,462,216), and Ken Jennings ($2,520,700).

This win is incredibly exciting for Amy, who’s been a major fan of Jeopardy! since her childhood.

“I’ve been watching the show since I was a kid,” Schneider she described. “I’ve watched all the people on this list, and to see my name up with them is a very good feeling.”

Schneider has also really impressed with her accuracy, nearing the same levels as James Holzhauer. She’s only gotten one of the 14 final Jeopardy! questions wrong.

“I definitely feel lucky about it, and there’s an extent to which you just get ones that you know,” she said. “But, once or twice, I also felt pretty good about my deduction [skills].”

In tomorrow’s episode, Schneider will face two new challengers. She’ll go head to head with Kaitlyn Pesterfield from Mesa, Arizona and Jason Snyder from Los Angeles, California.

Schneider is also the first openly Transgender contestant to qualify for the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions. So she’s already made major history and is excited to hopefully advance her winning streak, going for win number 15.

Schneider Revealed What She thinks is the ‘Gimmick’ Of the Show

Schneider once explained how she’s overcome what she feels is the “gimmick” of the show. And maybe that’s part of the reason she’s been able to get so far.

In an interview with Defector, she admitted that she found having contestants answer in the form of questions is a bit “outdated.” But she has since realized its purpose.

“But I’ve come to see that this gimmick, perhaps inadvertently, teaches an underrated skill, which is simply understanding what you’re being asked,” she says. “The gimmick of the show forces a weird kind of syntax on the clues, so that, oftentimes, you have to untangle the question before you can even begin to find the answer.”

“That skill, to cut through imprecise and convoluted language in order to recognize the real question at hand, is the only ‘Jeopardy!’ skill that’s actually useful in daily life.”

Fans of the show are waiting for tomorrow’s episode with anticipation, hoping that Schneider will once again be able to pull through.