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“Jeopardy!” champion Matt Amodio continues to turn heads on the popular game show, this time with an incredibly risky bet that secured him his tenth overall win.
The contestant has been making waves ever since he began his run on the show. First, he captured people’s attention for his “annoying” habit of saying “what is” for every response. However, he then won over many fans by scoring the eighth highest-winning total the game has ever seen.
As he vyed for his tenth overall win, which puts him in line with fellow “Jeopardy!” champs like Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer on the board for most consecutive victories, Amodio made an incredibly tense move by wagering his entire $13,000 stack on a single Daily Double question. Yahoo Entertainment reports the Ph.D. student from New Haven, Conn. had taken the lead two questions earlier, but by a small margin of just $1,600.
When he stumbled on the day’s Daily Double, he made a brave move that could have ended his streak right then and there by betting all of his money in the hopes of doubling it and gaining an insurmountable lead over his opponents.
Matt Amodio made ‘Jeopardy!’ fans tense with a massive wager on Tuesday’s Daily Double.
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Guest host David Faber then read the clue to a visibly nervous Amodio, which read: “Australia became its own nation January 1, 1901 as this of Australia, a word implying union for everyone’s good.”
With that, he doubled his prize money and went on to win yet another game. However, the riskiness of his bet was not lost on him. After being visibly relieved to have saved himself and doubled his winnings, Amodio took to Twitter soon after to note that he was “still terrified” about the question.
He also shared a clip of the big wager along with a paraphrased line from former President John F. Kennedy that read: “We do these things not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”
As Amodio’s winning streak continues and he climbs up the charts on the “Jeopardy!” Hall of Fame, he also holds one very unique accolade on the show. He is the only contestant whose winning streak was presided over by three separate hosts. After getting his start under guest host Robin Roberts, Amodio stuck around for the entirety of LeVar Burton’s run and now has two wins under his belt with Faber as host. If he survives the week, not only will he climb further up the charts, but he may get a chance to expand his hosting variety with Joe Buck from Aug. 9 to Aug 13.
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