Current “Jeopardy!” champ Amy Schneider won her second consecutive game last night after blowing away the competition.
By the time the contestants reached the “Final Jeopardy!” round, Schneider had an $18,800 lead on Bonnie Lapwood and Taylor Mills. Lapwood followed Schneider with $5,0000, while Mills started in third with just $800.
The official “Jeopardy!” Twitter account posted last night’s “Final Jeopardy!” round to their page, giving a shoutout to Consumer Cell while they were at it. During the video, guest host Ken Jennings accurately stated that “Amy Schneider had a big lead, very hard to catch you unless you did something very unorthodox in Final there.”
But Schneider played a smart game, wagering just enough money that she’d be ahead of Lapwood even if Lapwood wagered all her money and answered correctly. Though, Schneider ended up being the only contestant to get the “Final Jeopardy!” question right.
The category was History, and the clue read, “In 1985 the Mayor of Rome went to a suburb of Tunis to sign a treaty ending this after more than 2,100 years.” Any history buffs know the answer?
Mills almost did. He started writing the Carthigian Wars (aka the Third Punic War) but he didn’t quite finish writing it all out. Lapwood just wrote out “Ron” (shoutout to Ron?) while Schneider said “The Third Punic War.”
“Yes, that’s it!” Ken Jennings said. “The Punic or Carthigianan Wars were fought between Rome and Carthage, which is now modern-day Tunis.”
And how much did Schenider end up wagering? Ten thousand dollars. Putting her total for this game at $33,800 and her two-day total at $65,400. We’ll have to wait until tonight to see if her win streak continues.
‘Jeopardy!’ Tournament of Champions Gains Another Eligible Contender
When Amy Schneider won her first “Jeopardy!” game, she ended up unseating five-day reigning champ Andrew He. He had just started what looked like a promising run when Schneider once again came in clutch on the “Final Jeopardy!” question. She was the only one to answer correctly, knocking He out of the running.
But after winning five games, He now qualifies for the Tournament of Champions next year. He managed to earn $157,365 during his five games, a significantly larger amount than this season’s other five-day champion, Tyler Rhode. Rhode snagged $105,901 in five games plus a potential spot in the Tournament of Champions.
Those two will join this season’s super champions, Matt Amodio and Jonathan Fisher. Amodio made headlines when he surpassed James Holzhauer’s second-highest consecutive wins record, winning 38 games to Holzhauer’s 32. Though he wanted to reach for Ken Jennings’s longtime record of 74 games, Amodio eventually fell to Fisher.
Fisher went on to win 11 games after that, making him and Amodio the first back-to-back double digits “Jeopardy!” champions ever.
Could Schneider become our next Tournament of Champions contender? Check back here to find out first, Outsiders.