Amy Schneider claimed victory on “Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions on Monday, winning the $250,000 grand prize.
Schneider defeated opponents Andrew He and Sam Buttrey for the third time in a final that required a contestant to win three games to clinch the title.
“I feel amazing,” Schneider said in a statement after the win. “At the beginning of the final, I had this sudden moment of looking at myself and saying, ‘I’m on stage at the Tournament of Champions final,’ and it was crazy. And I won! It’s a great feeling.”
Schneider and He were tied with two wins each going into the sixth of a possible seven-game series on Monday. Buttrey had extended the series on Friday by securing his first and only win.
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The risk!” The Tournament of Champions, which began on October 31, featured 21 contestants who had won at least four games since the 2020 tournament, as well as winners of the National University Championship, the Teachers’ Tournament, and the show’s first Second Chance matchup. games.
Monday’s episode was the second time Schneider and He had met on the game show. Schneider ended his five-game winning streak last November before the now tournament champion went on a 40-game winning streak. Buttrey won $100,000 in the Professors Tournament in December, making game show history.
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To Final Jeopardy! on Monday, Schneider led He by just $1,400. The winner was determined by the contestants’ bets and whether they wrote the correct answer to the final clue. The final round clue in the “Plays” category was: “The Washington Evening Star of January 12, 1864, reported a performance of this ‘elegant comedy’ to “a full and delighted house.”
Buttrey guessed “Our Mutual Friend” incorrectly and lost it all after betting his entire $8,000. He gave the correct answer of “Our American cousin”, increasing his total to $17,001. But Schneider also responded correctly to the clue and clinched the top spot after betting $13,000.
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He came in second, earning $100,000, and Buttrey, who finished third, walked away $50,000 richer.
Schneider is the first transgender person to win the tournament.