That’s 33 Jeopardy! wins a row for Matt Amodio.
The Yale University Ph.D. student scored a brand-new title on Friday’s episode, becoming the contestant with the second-most wins overall in the game. His 33 wins put him second only to Ken Jennings, the current interim host of Jeopardy!, who ended his winning streak on the game show in 2004 with a record-making 74 wins.
Amodio surpassed previously runner-up James Holzhauer, who scored 32 consecutive wins in 2019. The two have exchanged playful banter with one another on social media, with Holzhauer, a sports better, criticizing Amodio for raking in less cash at the 23 win mark despite having an equal number of wins.
I thought these memes were supposed to have the more attractive person on the left
— Matt Amodio (@AmodioMatt) September 20, 2021
Amodio teased just earlier this week — when he was neck-and-neck with Holzhauer — that he may have 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’s not what happened, however. Instead, Holzhauer graciously offered his congratulations to Amodio when he surpassed his previous 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!”
Still haven’t seen anyone hit one for more than $2.46MM though. Stay hungry!
— James Holzhauer (@James_Holzhauer) October 2, 2021
Of course, Holzhauer couldn’t help but make a friendly jab at his competitor, adding, “Still haven’t seen anyone hit one for more than $2.46MM though. Stay hungry!”