Yale’s Jeopardy! record holder, Matt Amodio, dethroned

“Jeopardy!” contestant Matt Amodio during a taping of the game show. Amodio’s historic run on “Jeopardy!” left the Yale doctoral student with 38 wins and more than $1.5 million in prize money.

“Jeopardy!” contestant Matt Amodio during a taping of the game show. Amodio’s historic run on “Jeopardy!” left the Yale doctoral student with 38 wins and more than $1.5 million in prize money.

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“Jeopardy!” contestant Amy Schneider has dethroned Yale student Matt Amodio for second place in most consecutive wins on the show. 

Schneider, an engineering manager from Oakland, Calif., reached a 39-game win streak on Jan. 24 with a total winnings amount of nearly $1.4 million.

Amodio is a Yale University computer science Ph.D. student. His 38-game winning streak earned him the spot as the second-place winner of the most consecutive “Jeopardy!” games before Schneider broke the record this week, according to previous reporting.

His streak ended Oct. 11, 2021, when he finished in third place with $5,600 against Jonathan Fisher, an actor from Coral Gables, Fla., who earned $29,200 and Jessica Stephens, a statistical research specialist from Nashville, Tenn. who finished in second place with $28,799.

Schneider and Amodio will compete against each other in the next edition of “Tournament of the Champions,” according to the game show’s website. 

“I’m excited to have the opportunity,” Schneider said about the upcoming match against Amodio in a statement released on the “Jeopardy!” website. “It’s going to be a tight competition.”

Current “Jeopardy!” host Ken Jennings holds to record for longest win streak with 74-wins, a record he set in 2004.

Schneider said it was comforting to know host Jennings had been in the same position she was, according to the game show's website.

She knew there was a possibility she could break Amodio’s record, and Jennings’ on-air confirmation solidified it.

“It still feels unreal,” Amy said in the statement. “Knowing that I had this chance, I was definitely thinking about it …Then Ken said it, and I thought, ‘Alright, I just accomplished this huge thing’ and it was pretty great.”

Earlier this month, Schneider also became the first woman to win $1 million in regular-season winnings according to the "Jeopardy!" website.