‘Jeopardy!’ Current Champ Matt Amodio Now in Top 5 in Two Major Categories

by Chris Haney

The victories keep piling up for current Jeopardy! champion Matt Amodio, and his lengthy winning streak has now taken him to the Top 5 in two major categories.

Amodio’s winning streak has now outlasted three of the game show’s recent guest hosts. The champion made his debut during Good Morning America host Robin Roberts‘ stint on the game show. His win streak continued through celebrities LeVar Burton and David Faber’s guest-hosting runs as well.

Later tonight, Amodio will try to continue his winning ways as FOX Sports announcer Joe Buck takes over the Jeopardy! podium. The contestant has already reached rare territory within the game show’s storied history. On Friday, he won his 13th straight episode and brought his overall winnings up to $430,200. That makes him the fifth-highest earner ever on the show.

Amodio’s name is now in the record books with former champions like James Holzhauer and the Jeopardy! GOAT Ken Jennings. Additionally, his victory on Friday gave him another Top 5 record. His 13th consecutive victory means he holds the fifth-highest winning streak ever.

However, as great as Amodio has been, he’s still miles away from Jennings’ record. Jennings, who is recognized as the greatest contestant ever on the game show, still holds the record with his own 74-game winning streak. He earned $2,520,700 during his run in 2004.

‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Matt Amodio Says He’s ‘Hungry’ To Continue Win Streak

Earlier this month, the reigning Jeopardy! champion said he’s “hungry” to continue his win streak in an Entertainment Tonight interview.

Matt Amodio revealed that he didn’t focus on winning multiple episodes. And he definitely didn’t have a winning streak on his mind. The contestant said if he won a single episode that he’d be pleased with his performance. Yet he’s also not the type of person to just settle, so he wanted to push himself to “do it again.”

“I go in on the first day, and I say, ‘I hope it goes well. But if I win a single game, I’m going to be as delighted as can be.’ And I won, but my attitude is to tend to be hungry,” Amodio explained to Entertainment Weekly recently. “And so once I won one, I wasn’t sitting on my laurels or anything. I said, ‘You know, that was good. Let’s do it again.’”

The current champ said it’s a dream to be on his current win streak while on the famous game show. Amodio comes across as genuinely shocked about the streak, but he wants to keep it alive as long as possible.

“I went into a full day of taping saying, ‘This is just the dream. I can’t believe I have the opportunity to do this.’ And to get the opportunity to come back as a returning champion was just astounding to me. Each step of the way, I was just kind of amazed that it kept going,” the Jeopardy! champion added.