‘Jeopardy!’: 7-Day Champ Matt Amodio Enters List of Top 10 Highest-Winning Contestants

by Jennifer Shea

Seven-day “Jeopardy!” champion Matt Amodio has entered the ranks of the Top 10 “Jeopardy!” contestants of all time.

The Ph.D. student from New Haven, Connecticut won $74,000 on Thursday’s episode of “Jeopardy!”, putting his weeklong total at $268,800. That makes him one of the highest-winning “Jeopardy!” contestants ever.

Amodio is ninth on the list of highest-winning contestants, according to Entertainment Weekly. He comes in between 12-show champion Seth Wilson, at $265,002, and 11-day winner Arthur Chu, at $298,200.

‘Jeopardy!’ Champion Says First Win Was His Favorite

In a behind-the-scenes video for “Jeopardy!”, Amodio said his first win was the sweetest. The initial appearance on “Jeopardy!” is the most nerve-wracking, so that makes victory all the more satisfying.

“I knew that once you do it once, that’s just such a great accomplishment,” Amodio said. “Nobody can ever take that away from you.”

The “Jeopardy!” champ added that his seven-game winning streak has been one big blur of alternating stress and happiness.

Watch Amodio talk about his wins here:

Amodio Nominated for ‘Most Annoying Contestant’ Distinction

“Jeopardy!” fans can be a judgmental lot. And some of them have really chafed at one particular habit that Amodio has when buzzing in to answer the clue.

The doctoral student consistently phrases his answers using, “What is…” instead of, “Who is…,” even when giving an answer concerning a person. Some fans have dubbed him “the most annoying contestant” ever as a result. As far as “Jeopardy!” is concerned, however, all that matters is that he phrases his answers in the form of a question.

Irritated fans nonetheless took to social media to vent their frustrations with Amodio.

“I’m so annoyed by Matt Amodio’s improper posing of the questions that I can’t even enjoy the show,” one fan complained.

“They should mark his questions as wrong since he’s phrasing them so improperly,” another fan suggested.

Aside from the format in which he chooses to answer questions, Amodio has emulated other “Jeopardy!” champs, including Chu and James Holzhauer, in his overall strategy. He chooses high-value clues first and bets high on Daily Doubles.

So far, at least, Amodio’s strategy seems to be working. And despite the legions of annoyed “Jeopardy!” fans, he’s won game after game. Plus, with two weeks left to go in the current season of “Jeopardy!”, Amodio has plenty of room to extend his winning streak.