Jeopardy! released an impressive video montage of Matt Amodio’s winning streak on social media on the eve of his 13th straight game.
The short clip broke down Amodio’s winnings with some of his answers on the popular game show. Guest host and permanent host front-runner Mike Richards even snuck in a couple of questions.
Matt Amodio remains Jeopardy! champ with his 12th win! See if he’ll make it to 13 tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/FOac2wdVLu— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) August 6, 2021
For the 12 winning days, the Ohio State graduate’s $394,600 in winnings breaks down to a $32,883 average score.
He’s dominated nine games while finding 75 percent of the daily doubles in his winning stretch. Furthermore, he’s correctly answered the Daily Double questions a whopping 85% of the time.
With the victories, Amodio has mixed up his strategies.
“Absolutely,” he said. “I mean, I think if you get too much in a rut, you might start making mistakes.”
And while those plans have worked out, there have been some moments of uneasiness. Even if the repeat winner has made it look easy.
“I remember (past Jeopardy! master champion and guest host) Ken (Jennings) saying he feels very uncomfortable betting large amounts on trivia,” Amodio said. “And I feel that. It’s very stressful. I don’t like doing that.”
Were the Rules Changed For Amodio?
Esquire.com reported that the game show tweaked its rules in light of Amodio’s answer style.
On Monday, Jeopardy! Tweeted, “What’s up with Matt Amodio? A lot of ‘what’s’ in his response — and that’s totally acceptable!” Their tweet enclosed a link to an FAQ about the game’s rules.
Jeopardy! bosses clarified Amodio’s answer style further to clear up the rules.
“All contestant responses to an answer must be phrased in the form of a question. It’s that simple. Jeopardy! doesn’t require that the response is grammatically correct. So, Matt Amodio’s no-frills approach is unique but well within guidelines.”
Mixed Feelings Over Jeopardy! Style
Some liked Amodio’s fast strategy.
“Haters gonna hate,” Twitter user @mel_pollen said. “Keep killin it bud.”
Others weren’t impressed.
But Amodio brushed off the talk with a subtweet.
“Diehard #jeopardy fans like me carry a copy of the official rules at all times, anyway,” Amodio Tweeted.
Diehard #jeopardy fans like me carry a copy of the official rules at all times, anyway.— Matt Amodio (@AmodioMatt) August 2, 2021
“This is very annoying,” one rule stickler named David Eberhart said. “AND WRONG, Matt! Millions of children are watching you use the English language incorrectly. You need to fix this!”
Another chimed in amid the talk.
Amodio is now among Jeopardy! ‘s top ten highest-winning champions of all time. Still don’t like his answer method? Sorry, he’ll be back next season’s Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions. That $250,000-winning event will pit him with the best of the best.