Amy Schneider took the win in “Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions on Monday, winning the grand prize of $250,000.
Schneider defeated opponents Andrew He and Sam Buttrey for the third time in a final that required a contestant to win three matches to clinch the title.
“I feel amazing,” Schneider said in a statement after the win. “Earlier in the final I had this sudden moment where I saw myself and I was like, ‘I’m on stage for 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 apiece heading into the sixth of a possible seven-game series on Monday. Buttrey extended the streak on Friday with his first and only win.
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The “Jeopardy!” The Tournament of Champions, which kicked off Oct. 31, featured 21 competitors who have won at least four games since the 2020 tournament, as well as the winners of the National College Championship, Teachers’ Tournament and the first showdown of the second chance of the game show.
Monday’s episode was the second time he and Schneider faced off on the game show. Schneider ended his five-game winning streak last November before the current tournament champion embarked on a 40-game winning streak. Buttrey won $100,000 at the Teachers’ Tournament in December, making game show history.
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On the way to Final Jeopardy! On Monday, Schneider led He by just $1,400. The winner was determined by the contestant’s bets and whether they wrote the correct answer to the final clue. The final round index in the category “Plays” was: “The Washington Evening Star of January 12, 1864 reported on a performance of this ‘dazzling comedy’ in ‘a house full and delighted’.”
Buttrey guessed “Our Mutual Friend” wrong and lost it all after betting all of his $8,000. He gave the correct answer of “Our American Cousin”, increasing his total to $17,001. But Schneider also answered the hint correctly and clinched the top spot after betting $13,000.
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He came in second place, winning $100,000, and Buttrey, who finished third, walked away $50,000 richer.
Schneider is the first transgender person to win the tournament.
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