Reigning “Jeopardy!” champion Andrew He just extended his win streak to four days during last night’s extremely close game.
Part of his success came from a massive Daily Double wager that put him in the lead for the rest of the game. The category was “Composers,” and He bet all of his $14,000 at the time on his answer. He had little choice, seeing as his competitors, Molly Karol and Jeff Meyers, were right behind him with $12,400 and $12,800 respectively.
The clue read, “He was born near St. Peterburg in early June 1882; no wonder his music is Rite for Spring.” The
Jeopardy!” champion waited an agonizingly long time to answer, likely pushing his time limit. But eventually, He correctly answered, “Who is Stravinsky?”
Kudos to the “Jeopardy!” clue readers who snuck in that pun/reference to Igor Stravinsky’s famous ballet “The Rite of Spring.”
But the true Daily Double paid off, pushing He ahead to $28,000. This gave him a great boost on his competitors, especially when it came down to the “Final Jeopardy!” round. Miraculously, He ended up winning by just a $1 difference.
All three contestants answered the “Final Jeopardy!” question correctly. But Karol bet all of her $15, 200 on her answer, boosting her up to $30,400. Which was the exact same total He started with going into the final round.
It all came down to what he bet on his correct answer. His final bet: $1. He won his fourth consecutive game by the smallest margin and added another $30,401 to his grand total. After four games, He now has $137,502.
The official “Jeopardy!” Twitter account gave a shoutout to He and that life-saving Daily Double earlier.
“That huge Daily Double wager was worth it!” the game show wrote. “Congrats to Andrew He on his 4th win!”
What Would’ve Happened if the ‘Jeopardy!’ Contestants Tied Last Night?
While ties are extremely uncommon on “Jeopardy!”, they’re not exactly unheard of. Depending on the wagers and bets, two contestants could have the exact same winnings after the “Final Jeopardy!” round like He and Karol almost did.
When that happens, the tied contestants answer one clue, with the first person to buzz in with the correct answer winning the game.
Ken Jennings, who’s guest hosting “Jeopardy!” this week, said he encountered a tiebreaker once before. “No, I had it once when I was guest-hosting before, and it was like ‘I don’t even know what happens here,'” Jennings said. Apparently, they didn’t have a tiebreaker rule when played in 2004.
Jennings joked that He must not have been interested in the final clue. He said that he thought about it, but he didn’t think he could beat Karol in a buzzer race.