James Holzhauer, Mattea Roach, Matt Amodio?
James Holzhauer has made a strong comeback on the Alex Trebek scene.
The quiz show champ, who amassed nearly $2.5 million in regular season earnings thanks in part to his affinity for high-risk betting, returned for the show “Jeopardy!” Masters,” which kicked off May 8. The player has proven exactly why he is now called “Jeopardy!” James” – or “Jeopardy! Masters James”.
The 10-episode tournament, hosted by Ken Jennings, will pit “Jeopardy! James” against five other competitors who participated in last fall’s Tournament of Champions: Matt Amodio, Sam Buttrey, Andrew He, Mattea Roach and Amy Schneider, who walked away with the grand prize of $250,000. “Masters” offers a pot of $500,000. Schneider and Buttrey were eliminated in the first round; He was eliminated in the semi-finals, which started on Monday.
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It all came down to Final Jeopardy!
Holzhauer, Roach and Amodio faced off in two matches in Wednesday’s final to see who would be victorious on ABC’s inaugural show “Jeopardy! Masters Tournament. Since the points accumulated in the first rounds were canceled, it was really anyone’s game.
In Game 1 of the Finals, Holzhauer took a solid lead, earning 34,314 points. Roach has amassed 24,800 points and Amodio 12,000.
In game 2, the final peril! the category was Latin in Literature, and the clue was: “A work by this 15th-century English writer cites the phrase ‘Rex quondam Rexque futurus'”
Amodio entered the final round in third place with 3,200 points. Running out of ideas for the right answer, he made an attempt at humor, writing, “Who…will…win?!?!?!” He bet nothing and finished with a combined total of 15,200 points. Holzhauer had 9,600 points before Final Jeopardy! He mis-guessed TH White and lost 119 points, bringing his total for the night to 43,795 points. Roach (who uses gender-neutral pronouns), finished Game 1 with 22,800 points and wrongly tried Geoffrey Chaucer. They lost 5,915 points, for a total of 41,685. (The correct answer was Thomas Malory.)
Holzhauer won the tournament by 2,110 points. He consoled second-placed Roach by paying tribute to their father, who died earlier this month.
“You played amazing,” Holzhauer said. “Your father is so proud of you. Your mother too.
Mattea Roach mourns her father: ‘That’s a big part of why I’m here’
Roach took the time to pay tribute to their late father during a game on Tuesday. Roach shared that their father passed away in early May “very suddenly.” Production for the tournament was halted and the final was only taped last week.
“He’s a big part of why I’m here,” Roach said. “He and my mom instilled in me an early love of geography. My dad taught me all about classic Turner movies and old music and all sorts of things. So I wanted, in what might be my last game in the series, to really recognize the impact he’s had on my life.”
Roach learned that their father had died while on the “Jeopardy!” together.
“Everyone in production, my fellow contestants, I couldn’t have asked for more support to get through what is pretty much the worst day of my life so far,” they said. “Everyone who made sure I didn’t have to keep playing and I was able to come home and be with my mom and my brothers, my whole family is so grateful to everyone here at ‘Jeopardy !’ for helping us through this really difficult time.”
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Who are the ‘Jeopardy! Masters candidates?
With the exception of Holzhauer, all “Masters” participants participated in the 2021-22 season, making them eligible for the 2022 Tournament of Champions. Holzhauer concluded his streak of 32 consecutive matches in 2019.
Last month, Holzhauer joked about the tournament schedule on Twitter, referencing a promotional image for the tournament: “This poster screams ‘We know you saw this tournament last year, but a new villain has joined the cast for the sequel!’ and that’s what I’m here for”
The list of candidates
Matt Amodi: Won 38 games in season.Sam Buttrey: Won the “Jeopardy!” Teachers Tournament; placed third in the Tournament of Champions (win one match).James Holzhauer: Won 32 games in season.Andrew He: Won 5 matches during the season, placed second in the Tournament of Champions (win two matches).Mattea Gardon: Won 23 games in season.Amy Schneider: Won 40 games in season; winner of the 2022 Tournament of Champions.
What does the winner get?
The cash prizes awarded are broken down below. The winner of the inaugural Masters tournament will also receive the first Alex Trebek Trophy, created especially for this competition.
- 1st: $500,000 and the Alex Trebek Trophy (Holzhauer)
- 2nd: $250,000 (Cockroach)
- 3rd: $150,000 (Amodio)
- 4th: $100,000 (He)
- 5th: $75,000 (Schneider)
- 6th: $50,000 (Butter)
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‘Danger! Masters’ ‘does not disappoint’
Buzzy Cohen, a 2016 competitor who triumphed in the Tournament of Champions the following year, attended the matches of the “Masters” tournament. Cohen, who hosts a new podcast detailing the history of the quiz show, says he observed that contestants felt a sense of ease.
“One thing you’re starting to see is people have been spending more time on the ‘Jeopardy!’ stage, the more relaxed they are, the more fun they have,” he says. “That doesn’t mean the competition is less intense; know I can win here. And you have six people who have won so much and had a blast doing it.
“Everyone shines and everyone is challenged,” adds Cohen. “And that’s exactly what you expect from one of these special tournaments. It does not disappoint.
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