SALT LAKE CITY — It’s loyal: Ken Jennings is the “Good of All Time” — no lower than in phrases of “Jeopardy!”
The victory comes 15 years after Jennings’ preliminary legendary scoot on the game point out — a 74-game a hit rush that totaled $2.52 million.
Now, Jennings is taking home $1 million and a mountainous delight in trophy.
The “Jeopardy! The Good of All Time” occasion began a week ago, and the prime-time occasion has drawn an common of 15 million viewers per episode, striking it on a level with the 2019 NBA finals and the 2019 World Series.
From the beginning, “Jeopardy! The Good of All Time” has predominantly been a tight competition between Jennings and James Holzhauer, who holds the one-game epic at $131,127.
That turned into also the case Tuesday evening.
Throughout the first game of the match (one match equals two traditional “Jeopardy!” games), Jennings pulled a classic Holzhauer switch, going “all in” and wagering his entire entire on the Closing Jeopardy quiz.
It paid off.
The clue: “This home of Greece, home to Pan, is synonymous with a rural paradise; it’s a environment for Virgil’s shepherd poems the ‘Eclogues.’”
Every Jennings and Holzhauer gave the correct response — “Arcadia” — however in a uncommon switch, Holzhauer fully wagered a fraction of his entire. He added 11,381 to his 22,800 entire, bringing his Game 1 entire to 34,181.
Jennings, who had the lead with 32,800 parts, doubled that receive — an aggressive bet that introduced his Game 1 entire to a staggering 65,600.
Now it turned into appropriate a topic of declaring the momentum.
For a whereas, it appeared cherish Holzhauer turned into going to drag off a preserve — Jennings made smaller wagers this time round, and Holzhauer went all in, wagering his 20,200 on the next Every day Double: “This mountainous landlocked African country turned into stunned to be added to the United States’s 2017 commute ban, however turned into faraway from the checklist in 2018.”
In what has been a total play for all contestants for the duration of the occasion, Holzhauer appeared as if it might possibly well possibly possibly be stumped on the reply, waiting till the finest 2d to blurt out the correct reply: “What’s Chad?”
With that response, Holzhauer took an improbable 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 down to the Closing Jeopardy round. And it turned into a class all three contestants were seemingly mindful of: Shakespeare tragedies.
“There’s stuff that’s disproportionately ‘Jeopardy!’” Jennings beforehand told the Deseret News in an interview the put aside he gave pointers about auditioning for the point out. “Treasure they don’t quiz about opera loads, however design bigger than it comes up in actual life, so learn the composers of 20 operas. The Shakespeare plays are but every other manageable checklist.”
Jennings knows his Shakespeare. The Closing Jeopardy clue: “He has 272 speeches, basically the most of any non-title personality in a Shakespeare tragedy.”
Jennings came up with the correct reply: the villainous Iago. In a surprising switch, the BYU graduate played it safe and didn’t wager the leisure, keeping his Game 2 entire at 23,000.
All eyes were on Holzhauer.
His reply? “Who is Horatio?”
His wager? All 44,000.
With Holzhauer down to zero, Jennings turned into formally the winner, with a two-game entire of 88,600. Jennings walked over to shake host Alex Trebek’s hand sooner than Holzhauer and Rutter — who’re each and every going home with $250,000 — lifted him up on their shoulders so he might possibly possibly possibly hoist the trophy in the air.
Oh, and whereas you’re questioning about Rutter’s response to the Shakespeare clue, he dilapidated the 2d to pay touching tribute to the longtime “Jeopardy!” host, the constant enormous title of the point out all three contestants occupy expressed gratitude to over the course of the occasion.
“You’re the fully, Alex,” Rutter wrote.
In match 3 of the occasion, Holzhauer lovingly labeled Trebek the “Ghost” — the “Good Host of Syndicated TV.” Tuesday evening, Jennings earned his have new mark — the “Goat (Good of All Time)” of “Jeopardy!” winners — exhibiting the sector that he hasn’t lost a step since his nice scoot on the point out 15 years ago.