‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Matt Amodio Sends Message to First-Ever Professors Tournament Winner

by Madison Miller

On Friday, December 17, a winner was finally crowned for the “Jeopardy!” Professors Tournament.

The first-ever tournament on the show was complete with 15 different college and university professors gathering to show off their knowledge. It started on December 6 and was hosted by Mayim Bialik.

Matt Amodio Congratulates Winner

The winner of the $100,000 and a place in the Tournament of Champions goes to Sam Buttrey. He is an Associate Professor of Operations Research at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. After his astonishing success on the show, he even captured Matt Amodio’s attention.

“Very impressive! Looking forward to meeting in person!!” Matt Amodio wrote on Twitter. He is likely referring to when they will both compete in that Tournament of Champions soon. Amodio has a legendary place in “Jeopardy!” history now. He has the second-longest streak of 38 games and won more than $1.5 million in prize money.

For Sam Buttrey, getting a compliment from Amodio is, well, quite a compliment.

Not to mention, this upcoming “Jeopardy!” tournament is going to be full of some real powerhouses. It includes Amodio and Sam Buttrey, as well as Amy Schneider. She is the current champion on “Jeopardy!” and her streak was paused for this tournament. She has won 13 games so far and her time on the show will continue on Monday.

The man who ended Amodio’s streak, Jonathan Fisher, also went on to win 11 games as well.

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Sam Buttrey was able to fend off 14 different very knowledgeable professors, which is no small task at all.

Not only that but fans at home were absolutely mesmerized by the fact that Buttrey looks incredibly similar to Hollywood star Steve Martin. As for the other competitors, Ed Hashima from Sacramento, California got second place and $50,000. Meanwhile, Alisa Hove, from Asheville, North Carolina, came in third and walked away with $25,000.

“This has been the greatest time, and to come out ahead of all these other great players is something I’ll remember forever. The group was uniformly so smart, charming, and warm, and there’s been a real feeling of camaraderie from the very beginning,” said Buttrey, according to Deadline, regarding his experience on the show.

He even spoke about how much he is also looking forward to competing again, specifically against Matt Amodio. “I would like to play against Matt Amodio, he’s a strong player and I’d like to see how I can do,” he said.

It seems like the Professors Champion’s hard work in preparing for the show also worked out well for him.

“I practiced by standing up — I wanted to make sure I played standing up–buzzing in on the toilet paper roll and then just reading all the old questions. There is a website that fans have put together with 400,000 old Jeopardy! questions. Now they don’t reuse questions but reading the old questions gives you a feel for what things they are going to emphasize,” Buttrey said to KSBW.