The Yale University Ph.D. student scored a brand-new title on Friday’s episode, becoming the contestant with the second-most successes overall in the game. His 33 successes put him second just to Ken Jennings, the current interim host of Jeopardy!, who finished his series of wins on the game show in 2004 with a record-production 74 successes.
Amodio outperformed beforehand runner-up James Holzhauer, who scored 32 sequential successes in 2019. The two have exchanged playful banter with each other via social media, with Holzhauer, a sports better, condemning Amodio for making less money at the 23 success mark in spite of having an equivalent number of wins.
Amodio prodded simply earlier this week — when he was neck-and-neck with Holzhauer — that he might need to accept defeat.
“Tomorrow on #Jeopardy I have the chance to remind everybody how much better than me @James_Holzhauer is in literally every way,” Amodio tweeted on September 29. “It would be an honor to be unfavorably compared to a person I admire so much!”
That is not what occurred, notwithstanding. Instead, Holzhauer thoughtfully offered his congrats to Amodio when he outperformed his past record on October 1, tweeting, “I’ve been betting sports since 2005 and this is the first time I’ve seen anyone hit a 33 game parlay. Congrats @AmodioMatt!”
However, obviously, Holzhauer couldn’t resist the opportunity to make an amicable punch at his competitor, adding, “Still haven’t seen anyone hit one for more than $2.46MM though. Stay hungry!”
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