Now a household name to game show fans, reigning “Jeopardy!” champion Matt Amodio is making history before our eyes.
Amodio has now won 18 straight episodes of “Jeopardy!” and will have control of the board when the new season resumes. Through his 18 game winning streak, the current champion has won more than $570,000 with no signs of slowing down. That amount of cash puts him in third place among all-time “Jeopardy!” earners. The next up on that list are two “Jeopardy!” icons in Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer. Both game show legends have well over $2 million in winning from their initial runs on the show. Amodio will have to maintain his winning ways to approach those two. Due to his domination in episodes he’s participated in, some “Jeopardy!” fans believe Amodio has what it takes to give the two legends a run for their money.
While Amodio is in third place in initial “Jeopardy!” appearance winnings, he is actually fourth overall. When it comes to overall winnings on the game show, it is Brad Rutter who stands alone at the top. Rutter won just five episodes in his initial run on the show, which was the cap at the time. He would return on several special “Jeopardy!” editions and tournaments and rack $4.9 million in overall winnings. That puts him ahead of both Jennings and Holzhauer for most money won overall on the popular quiz show. Jennings’ overall earnings are just over $4.3 million and Holzhauzer is third with just under $3 million. The three men competed in the “Greatest of All Time” tournament last year, with Jennings coming out the winner and earning the title of “G.O.A.T.”
So, what does Matt Amodio need to do to join the most elite ranks of “Jeopardy!?” Keep on being himself, of course. The champ has yet to e truly challenged 18 games into his winning streak. he typically runs pulling away rather easily from the other contestants. His average margin of victory is quite impressive. “Jeopardy!” recently took to social media to honor their current champions.
“See you next season, Matt Amodio!” the Instagram post proclaims.
The brief video reveals Amodio’s staggering statistics through his 18 consecutive wins. He correctly answers 91 percent of the clues he buzzes in on. His average margin of victory is a whopping $23,055. The video concludes by revealing the “Jeopardy!” champions will be returning to his podium on September 13.
With his humility and quirky charm, Amodio has become a favorite among “Jeopardy!” fans. Many say they would like to see him continue his winning streak and challenge for the top two spots.
Upon his return later this year, Amodio will be playing for his fifth host, the newly installed Mike Richards.