In a streak that extends to 10 days, “Jeopardy!” hot shot Matt Amodio jokes about his happiness to stress level ratio in a new Tweet. The young star appears to be reveling in his success with good humor.
“Happiness, stress, happiness, stress…” the contestant Tweeted, alongside a GIF of his tensing then smiling facial expressions.
The 30-year-old is among the top 10 winners of all time, raking in $362, 400 as of Aug. 3. The quirky Amodio nearly didn’t try out for the beloved game show, but his successful run is proving to put him in the books for a permanent spot in Jeopardy! history.
“Amodio made waves in the ‘Jeopardy!’ community for more than just his big wins this week. The language he used to answer the gameshow’s prompts irked some fans who took to Twitter to complain, unsure if his phrasing followed the famously strict Jeopardy! rules,” Newsweek reported Tuesday.
On Monday, the “Jeopardy!” Twitter account posted a statement titled, “What’s up with Matt Amodio? A lot of ‘what’s’ in his response—and that’s totally acceptable!”
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While the P.h.D. student from Yale University admitted he would be in awe if he won a single episode, he’s in a position to now move up the “Jeopardy!” ladder of all-time leaders.
However Amodio plans his strategies over the next streak of trivia questions, he’s made it known that “Jeopardy!” top leaders Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer are huge inspirations for his tactics on the show.
The popular game show tapes numerous episodes per day of taping. Amodio called it a “dream” to be a returning champion on the show. Amodio wants to keep his streak alive but still seems in shock of his winnings.
Claiming to be a die-hard fan of the show, Amodio says he respects the rules of the game, despite his eccentric tactics – even wagering a staggering $13,000 in the Daily Double Tuesday evening.
“Amodio notably wagered his entire pot of $13,000 after hitting the daily double in the “Australian History” category Tuesday night, making it “a true daily double” as fans of the show would call it.,” Newsweek reported. “He won $26,000, taking after coming up with the correct answer, “What’s commonwealth,” to the prompt, “Australia became its own nation January 1, 1901 as the this of Australia. A word implying union for everyone’s good.”
The trivia champion will appear in his 11th match Wednesday evening, attempting to keep the streak alive.