Amy Schneider in “Jeopardy!” claimed victory in the Tournament of Champions on Monday, winning the $250,000 grand prize.
Schnyder defeated opponents Andrew Hay and Sam Buttrey for the third time in the final, in which a competitor needed to win three games to win the title.
“I feel amazing,” Schneider said in a statement after the win. “Earlier in the final, I had this sudden moment of looking at myself and being like, ‘I’m on the podium at the Tournament of Champions final,’ and that was crazy. And I won! It’s an awesome feeling.”
Schneider and he were tied on Monday with two wins each in the sixth of a possible seven-game series. Buttrey took the lead in the series on Friday by taking his first and only win.
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“Danger!” The Tournament of Champions, which began on October 31, featured 21 competitors who had won at least four games since the 2020 tournament, as well as the National College Championship, Professors Tournament and the game show’s first Second Chance Faceoff. The winners also attended.
Monday’s episode was the second time Schneider and he matched on a game show. Schnyder ended his five-game winning streak last November before the reigning tournament champions went on a 40-game streak. Batrey made game show history by winning $100,000 in the Professors tournament in December.
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Heading towards Final Jeopardy! On Monday, Schneider edged Hay by only $1,400. The winner was determined by the contestant’s bet and whether they wrote the correct answer to the last clue. The last round clue in the “play” category was, “The January 12, 1864 Washington Evening Star reported “a full and delighted house” at a performance of this ‘dashing comedy.
Buttrey guessed wrong “our mutual friend,” and lost everything after betting his entire $8,000. He correctly answered “our American cousins”, bringing his total to $17,001. But Schneider also answered the clue correctly, and took the top spot after making a $13,000 bet.
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He came in second, winning $100,000, and Buttrey, who finished third, became over $50,000 richer.
Schneider is the first transgender person to win the tournament.