SALT LAKE CITY — It’s first rate: Ken Jennings is the “Splendid of All Time” — at the least when it comes to “Jeopardy!”
The victory comes 15 years after Jennings’ preliminary legendary traipse on the game level to — a 74-game a hit run that totaled $2.52 million.
Now, Jennings is taking home $1 million and an ideal like trophy.
The “Jeopardy! The Splendid of All Time” tournament started a week in the past, and the high-time tournament has drawn an practical of 15 million viewers per episode, inserting it on a level with the 2019 NBA finals and the 2019 World Collection.
From the starting, “Jeopardy! The Splendid of All Time” has predominantly been a supreme competition between Jennings and James Holzhauer, who holds the one-game yarn at $131,127.
That became once additionally the case Tuesday evening.
At some level of the first game of the match (one match equals two odd “Jeopardy!” video games), Jennings pulled a conventional Holzhauer circulate, going “all in” and wagering his complete complete on the Closing Jeopardy request of.
It paid off.
The clue: “This home of Greece, home to Pan, is synonymous with a rural paradise; it’s a setting for Virgil’s shepherd poems the ‘Eclogues.’”
Each Jennings and Holzhauer gave the correct response — “Arcadia” — nonetheless in a uncommon circulate, Holzhauer most entertaining wagered a fraction of his complete. He added 11,381 to his 22,800 complete, bringing his Sport 1 complete to 34,181.
Jennings, who had the lead with 32,800 aspects, doubled that score — an aggressive bet that brought his Sport 1 complete to a staggering 65,600.
Now it became once dazzling a topic of retaining the momentum.
For a whereas, it regarded like Holzhauer became once going to pull off a elevate — Jennings made smaller wagers this time around, and Holzhauer went all in, wagering his 20,200 on the next Each day Double: “This noteworthy landlocked African country became once stunned to be added to the United States’s 2017 shuttle ban, nonetheless became once eliminated from the listing in 2018.”
In what has been a general play for all contestants for the length of the tournament, Holzhauer perceived to be stumped on the respond, ready except the very closing second to blurt out the correct solution: “What’s Chad?”
With that response, Holzhauer took a corpulent lead with 40,000 and closed out the game with 44,000 to Jennings’ 23,000 and Brad Rutter’s 1,400.
It all came all the scheme in which down to the Closing Jeopardy round. And it became once a category all three contestants had been likely acquainted with: Shakespeare tragedies.
“There’s stuff that’s disproportionately ‘Jeopardy!’” Jennings previously urged the Deseret Files in an interview where he gave pointers about auditioning for the level to. “Like they don’t ask about opera so a lot, nonetheless means more than it comes up in steady life, so be taught the composers of 20 operas. The Shakespeare plays are any other manageable listing.”
Jennings knows his Shakespeare. The Closing Jeopardy clue: “He has 272 speeches, basically the most of any non-title character in a Shakespeare tragedy.”
Jennings came up with the correct solution: the villainous Iago. In an blooming circulate, the BYU graduate performed it safe and didn’t wager the leisure, keeping his Sport 2 complete at 23,000.
All eyes had been on Holzhauer.
His solution? “Who’s Horatio?”
His wager? All 44,000.
With Holzhauer all the scheme in which down to zero, Jennings became once formally the winner, with a two-game complete of 88,600. Jennings walked over to shake host Alex Trebek’s hand before Holzhauer and Rutter — who are each and each going home with $250,000 — lifted him up on their shoulders so he could well hoist the trophy in the air.
Oh, and while you’re wondering about Rutter’s response to the Shakespeare clue, he old the second to pay touching tribute to the longtime “Jeopardy!” host, the constant star of the level to all three contestants indulge in expressed gratitude to over the route of the tournament.
“You’re the appropriate, Alex,” Rutter wrote.
In match 3 of the tournament, Holzhauer lovingly labeled Trebek the “Ghost” — the “Splendid Host of Syndicated TV.” Tuesday evening, Jennings earned his have new trace — the “Goat (Splendid of All Time)” of “Jeopardy!” winners — showing the enviornment that he hasn’t lost a step since his noteworthy traipse on the level to 15 years in the past.