" Jeopardy! "champion Matt Amodio 's stats continue to rise as he earns another spot in the Popular Game Show Hall of Fame.
The 30-year-old PH.d. student from New Haven, Connecticut returned to the show Monday for his Season 38 premiere with $ 574,801 won over 18 games, which puts it in third place on the list " Jeopardy! "The highest ever in regular games, behind legendary players James Holzhauer and Ken Jennings who took home $ 2,462,216 and $ 2,520,700 respectively.
He continued his winning streak that night and again on Tuesday, bringing his total wins to $ 678,801 . Although he still has some time to go before reaching Holzhauer 's total winnings, his victory isTuesday's re earned him a different distinction in the " Jeopardy! "Hall of Fame . With 20 straight wins, Amodio is now tied for third place in this category with Julia Collins, who had a similar winning streak in 2014 that earned her just $ 428,100.
In an episode preview , Amodio noted that being on par with Collins puts him in "pretty good company.
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He took to his own Twitter to note how happy he was to be tied with Collins and how point thereconsidered a fierce competitor watching her run.
"I loved watching Julia on #jeopardy so much, what a pleasure to try to tie her amazing streak together! he wrote e .
In a follow-up tweet, it has added : "Tied with @JeopardyJulia ... amazing. I'd say #Jeopardy's dreams are coming true, but at this point I'm way beyond anything I've dreamed of! "
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Matt Amodio celebrated his 20th straight win on "Jeopardy! " On Twitter. (Jeopardy Productions, Inc.)
On Wednesday, Amodio will not only look to break Collins' record, but he will also try to increase the total of his gains, securing his place in third and in inch ever closer to Holzhauer and Jennings.
Although there have been several champions in game show history, none have won their matches on more hosts than Amodio. He started his time on the show long after the death of Alex Trebek , winning match after match at the most chaotic moment in show history as guest chathat week. His 19-game winning streak so far has seen him answer questions from Robin Roberts, LeVar Burton, David Faber, Joe Buck and, in Monday's Season 38 premiere, the besieged Mike Richards .