"Ken Jennings can become the greatest ‘Jeopardy" player ever Tuesday night

Ross Houston
January 15, 2020

The Jeopardy: Tournament of Champions Greatest of All Time (GOAT) tournament began January 7, 2020.

Ken Jennings became a household name during his record-breaking 74-game streak on Jeopardy! .

Jennings might seal the title tonight.

The fourth day of the tournament was a little closer; Ken pulled way ahead by the end of the first game, but James caught up in the second, finishing the second game with nearly double Ken's score in that game. Jennings has won two of the first three games by using a strategy made famous by Holzhauer.

Jennings used a huge bet in the first Final Jeopardy on Tuesday. Lancaster-native Brad Rutter has yet to win one, but that doesn't mean he's out of the running quite yet - ABC has already announced that it's willing to host the program until January 17 if necessary. Brad finished in a very distant third place having ended up with negative points going into the second Final Jeopardy question of the night.

Ken Jennings pulled ahead after the initial episode of the tournament, being the only one on the board after that first episode. His winnings to date are $2,712,216.

The majority of Daily Double clues have been found by Rutter, who has struggled to capitalize and hasn't been close to winning in any of the three games so far.

The contestants have appeared on the show a total of 200 times, Trebek said Tuesday night. He lost each time except in the 2011 "IBM Challenge" tournament, when both men lost to IBM's Watson computer.

Friendly banter among the contestants defined the first three games - and even extended to Twitter.

"I want to reassure Ken", Holzhauer quipped. "My interests were gambling and sports when I went to college - and I turned out okay". Battling pancreatic cancer, Trebek soldiered on when he came back to primetime for the series of games. "It's been a privilege and and honor to be associated with this program".

This story originally ran in the New York Post.

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