On Wednesday night, current Jeopardy! champion Matt Amodio revealed what he’s most proud of so far as his win streak reached 31 games in a row.
Earlier tonight, Amodio won his 31st episode as he continues his dominant run. He’s already earned third place when it comes to the longest winning streaks in Jeopardy! history. In fact, Amodio is right around the corner from bumping up to second place.
Game show legend James Holzhauer currently holds second place with a 32-game win streak. The current champ could earn second place by the end of the week with two additional victories on Thursday and Friday. If he passes Holzhauer’s record, he’ll only have one more contestant in his way – Jeopardy! icon Ken Jennings. The game show’s greatest player ever still holds the record with a 74-game win streak.
Earlier tonight, Amodio spoke about his ongoing run of victories. You’d think he’d be most proud of his win streak and joining other Jeopardy! legends like Holzhauer and Jennings. However, that’s not the case.
“I’m proud of my run on #Jeopardy,” Amodio wrote on Twitter. “But the thing I may be proudest of is being the reason so many people learn what the rules of #Jeopardy are.”
‘Jeopardy!’ Champion Matt Amodio Explains Rule to Fans
Matt Amodio’s play style has become a point of contention among some of the Jeopardy! fanbase. He always answers clues by beginning his questions with “What’s” instead of “What is” and “Who is.” Many viewers think this is a rule violation on the game show, but it is not. In fact, the show has even come out and addressed his habit and definitively said that it is not a rule violation.
The current champ also answered fans’ tweets under the same post about what he’s most proud of during his win streak. He added another rule that many viewers have learned about because of his run on the show.
“And also apparently a lot of people are learning about the ‘leading article’ rule today :),” Amodio added under his original post.
Some fans didn’t realize what Amodio meant by the “leading article” rule though, so he explained with an example.
“What’s Color Purple? and What’s The Color Purple? are considered equivalently correct, because leading articles aren’t required,” he tweeted.
The wording and pronunciation of the actual subjects in contestant’s answers are vital. However, Jeopardy! competitors do have some leeway with the rest of their answers.
In one other interaction with a fan on the post, a Twitter follower joked that they thought Amodio would be most proud of his sweater and tie collection. When you win as many times as Amodio, it’s got to be tough coming up with new outfits all the time.
“I thought it’d be your sweater and tie collection,” a fan amusingly chimed in about Amodio’s proudest moment.
“I do like that gray suit jacket,” he amusingly admitted in his response.