You gotta love Ken Jennings. Writer, blogger, inspirational speaker and now officially titled the Jeopardy! GOAT.
Last night, Jeopardy! hosted a million-dollar game with three of the show’s most-accomplished winners: James Holzhauer, holder of the most Jeopardy! records, Brad Rutter, who’s won the most money out of anyone in gameshow history, and of course, Ken Jennings, the holder of the longest Jeopardy! winning streak.
In the first game, Jennings scored 63,400 points (thanks to a big risk), with Holzhauer at 63,200 and Rutter trailing far behind at 10,400. The second game took a turn, with Holzhauer taking out Jennings with a lead of 25,014 points.
In the third game, Holzhauer took the lead with 82,414 but then lost to Jennings, who’d bet all of his $32,800, feeling confident about a question regarding Greece. Risking it all seemed to be his best move, as Jennings answered correctly and walked out of the game with a pocket full of Benjamins.
When asked about his win, Jennings humbly replied: “After, you know, finishing second place in three or four of these, I just kind of thought I missed my prime, this is maybe not going to happen to me. I’ve had such a great time, played against the best, but, you know, maybe I don’t get one of these. But I can’t believe what just happened.”
Jennings continued to stay humble, taking to Twitter to congratulate his competitors, mentioning that he “got some breaks,” and that it was mostly due to luck that he was able to win.
If we ran this tournament back a dozen times, you’d probably see a different winner each time. Brad and James are just that good.
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) January 15, 2020
Fans of the show were clearly proud of his accomplishments, also taking to Twitter to share their feelings:
— Lauren (@laurennann96) January 15, 2020
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) January 15, 2020
Congratulations Ken! Yay Ken, especially since I met him and he was very kind! Congratulations to James and Brad too!
But we all know Alex is the true #JeopardyGOAT @Jeopardy @KenJennings #AlexTrebek pic.twitter.com/EoIWlt2sZk
— John Baker (@jhbonline) January 15, 2020
— TheRealWokeYoungJ⚡ (@YoungJPromos562) January 15, 2020
I’m not saying I cried when Ken Jennings won the Jeopardy GOAT tournament but I’m not saying I didn’t
— Anna Hopkins (@AnnaHopkins94) January 15, 2020
— Jeff Almeida (@npja) January 15, 2020
Seattle-born Jennings has earned almost $3.5 million from his Jeopardy! winnings. He’s since quit his job as a software engineer and has become a writer, with six published books.