History Awesome / JEOPARDY

19th Aug '17 2:49:49 PM mlsmithca
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* Prior to Season 20, any contestant who retired as an undefeated five-time champion.
** From Season 14-19, all undefeated champions also won a car.

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* Prior to Season 20, any contestant who retired as an undefeated five-time champion.
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champion. From Season 14-19, all undefeated champions also won a car.



** Any time a player wins a tournament after finishing the first Final game in third place, especially if it's a distant third.

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** * Any time a player wins a tournament after finishing the first Final game in third place, especially if it's a distant third.



** November 20, 1987: Bob's victory in the '87 Tournament of Champions in a Moment of Awesome in itself for three reasons. One--Going into the second game, he was in third place. Two--He came up with the correct response in Final Jeopardy! after changing it midway. [[labelnote:Here's the Final Jeopardy! clue and Bob's response.]](The clue was "He said, 'I am the last President of the United States.'" Bob wrote down UsefulNotes/FranklinPierce, then crossed that answer out and replaced it with the correct one--UsefulNotes/JamesBuchanan.)[[/labelnote]] Third--He wagered just enough to win the tournament by ''a single dollar''!
* April 7, 1988: After placing a $6,000 wager on a Daily Double in Double Jeopardy!, Bob Beers wagers ''[[SerialEscalation $10,000]]'' on the second... '''''and gets it right'''''. This stands on record as the biggest Daily Double wager in Jeopardy! history, even adjusted to post-2001 scoring. And if he'd gotten Final Jeopardy! right, he would've set a 1-day record at $32,000.

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** * November 20, 1987: Bob's victory in the '87 Tournament of Champions in a Moment of Awesome in itself for three reasons. One--Going into the second game, he was in third place. Two--He came up with the correct response in Final Jeopardy! after changing it midway. [[labelnote:Here's the Final Jeopardy! clue and Bob's response.]](The clue was "He said, 'I am the last President of the United States.'" Bob wrote down UsefulNotes/FranklinPierce, then crossed that answer out and replaced it with the correct one--UsefulNotes/JamesBuchanan.)[[/labelnote]] Third--He wagered just enough to win the tournament by ''a single dollar''!
* April 7, 1988: After placing a $6,000 wager on a Daily Double in Double Jeopardy!, Bob Beers wagers ''[[SerialEscalation $10,000]]'' on the second... '''''and '''and gets it right'''''.right'''. This stands on record as the biggest Daily Double wager in Jeopardy! history, even adjusted to post-2001 scoring. And if he'd gotten Final Jeopardy! right, he would've set a 1-day record at $32,000.



* December 3, 1993: Frank Spangenberg finally winning a Jeopardy! tournament, claiming the $25,000 top prize in the show's 10th Anniversary Tournament by overcoming a ''$13,000'' deficit (pre-inflation, no less) against reigning TOC winner Tom Nosek after game 1 to win the event, thanks to betting everything on Final Jeopardy! in game 2, and Tom and fellow finalist Leslie Frates both missing the question.
** Not to mention, his correct response of "Who is Wendy Wasserstein?" in game 2 of the finals (for the clue: "1 of 3 women who won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in the 1980s") earned him a dinner invite from Wasserstein, as she "wanted to meet the man that remembered her name."

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* December 3, 1993: Frank Spangenberg finally winning a Jeopardy! tournament, claiming the $25,000 top prize in the show's 10th Anniversary Tournament by overcoming a ''$13,000'' deficit (pre-inflation, no less) against reigning TOC winner Tom Nosek after game 1 to win the event, thanks to betting everything on Final Jeopardy! in game 2, and Tom and fellow finalist Leslie Frates both missing the question.
** Not to mention, his
question. His correct response of "Who is Wendy Wasserstein?" in game 2 of the finals (for the clue: "1 of 3 women who won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in the 1980s") earned him a dinner invite from Wasserstein, as she "wanted to meet the man that remembered her name."



* March 16, 2007: With his two opponents tied at $8,000 and within reach, Scott Weiss figured they would risk it all. So ''he'' bet for a tie instead of the win, which led to the show's first and only [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72zn2KODSsY nonzero three-way tie]] and a very interesting intro by Johnny Gilbert on the next episode.
** And as Alex explained [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gbb7PGREMB4 in that next episode]], Scott did that because he overheard a boy asking Alex before Final Jeopardy! if a three way tie had ever happened. Alex told him no, so Scott set up the wager hoping it'd force the tie. Everybody wins!
* September 13 - 16, 2010: Season 27 began with a runaway win by Roger Craig, who also posted a total runaway in the next game — setting a new one-day record of $77,000 (beating a record set, incidentally, by Ken Jennings) in the process.
** Roger's third and fourth games were quite impressive, too. On the third, he took a $10,000 tumble on a Daily Double and finished Double Jeopardy! only $1,600 ahead of second place. Luckily, he was the only one to get Final Jeopardy! right. The fourth day, another contestant held a significant lead over him in the first half, but Roger quickly jumped back into the lead during Double Jeopardy!, including a True Daily Double.

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* March 16, 2007: With his two opponents tied at $8,000 and within reach, Scott Weiss figured they would risk it all. So ''he'' bet for a tie instead of the win, which led to the show's first and only [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72zn2KODSsY nonzero three-way tie]] and a very interesting intro by Johnny Gilbert on the next episode.
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episode. And as Alex explained [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gbb7PGREMB4 in that next episode]], Scott did that because he overheard a boy asking Alex before Final Jeopardy! if a three way tie had ever happened. Alex told him no, so Scott set up the wager hoping it'd force the tie. Everybody wins!
* September 13 - 16, 2010: Season 27 began with a runaway win by Roger Craig, who also posted a total runaway in the next game — setting a new one-day record of $77,000 (beating a record set, incidentally, by Ken Jennings) in the process.
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process. Roger's third and fourth games were quite impressive, too. On the third, he took a $10,000 tumble on a Daily Double and finished Double Jeopardy! only $1,600 ahead of second place. Luckily, he was the only one to get Final Jeopardy! right. The fourth day, another contestant held a significant lead over him in the first half, but Roger quickly jumped back into the lead during Double Jeopardy!, including a True Daily Double.



*** In a subversion, Rutter was reduced to being a spectator in Final Jeopardy in the 2nd game. Rutter brought a $3000 lead over Jennings from game 1, while Jennings had an $1800 lead over Rutter going into Final Jeopardy in game 2. Craig couldn't catch either of them, so the outcome of the Tournament rested entirely on whether or not Ken Jennings would answer the Final Jeopardy clue correctly. If he did, Brad Rutter's lead from the first game couldn't hold up, even if Brad doubled up in Final Jeopardy, and if he missed, Brad would win regardless of what he did. In recognition of this fact, Brad Rutter's wager during Final Jeopardy was $0.

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*** ** In a subversion, Rutter was reduced to being a spectator in Final Jeopardy in the 2nd game. Rutter brought a $3000 lead over Jennings from game 1, while Jennings had an $1800 lead over Rutter going into Final Jeopardy in game 2. Craig couldn't catch either of them, so the outcome of the Tournament rested entirely on whether or not Ken Jennings would answer the Final Jeopardy clue correctly. If he did, Brad Rutter's lead from the first game couldn't hold up, even if Brad doubled up in Final Jeopardy, and if he missed, Brad would win regardless of what he did. In recognition of this fact, Brad Rutter's wager during Final Jeopardy was $0.



* After the Battle of the Decades and Arthur Chu and Julia Collins' runs, the impressive 30th season ends in a tiebreaker at the end of the Teen Tournament, with Jeff Xie pulling off the win.
** The Tournament of Champions in the following season saw both Arthur Chu and Julia Collins make it all the way to the finals. The winner? [[spoiler:[[DarkHorseVictory Ben Ingram]], using both days' Final Jeopardy to pull an impressive upset.]]
* So far, Season 31 has had FOUR instances of a game ending in a tie between two players and both coming back the next day.
** [[FunnyAneurysmMoment Sadly,]] [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks TPTB removed the co-champion rule by November 24, 2014]].

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* After the Battle of the Decades and Arthur Chu and Julia Collins' runs, the impressive 30th season ends in a tiebreaker at the end of the Teen Tournament, with Jeff Xie pulling off the win.
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win. The Tournament of Champions in the following season saw both Arthur Chu and Julia Collins make it all the way to the finals. The winner? [[spoiler:[[DarkHorseVictory Ben Ingram]], using both days' Final Jeopardy to pull an impressive upset.]]
* So far, Season 31 has had FOUR instances of a game ending in a tie between two players and both coming back the next day.
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day. [[FunnyAneurysmMoment Sadly,]] [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks TPTB removed the co-champion rule by November 24, 2014]].
10th Aug '17 5:05:15 PM KoopaKid17
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* May 20, 1988: Peggy Kennedy becoming the [[YouGoGirl first female contestant to win a tournament]]—that year's Seniors Tournament.
5th Jul '17 11:50:41 PM Premonition45
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* November 14 - 15, 1991: The 1991 Tournament of Champions was notable for being the first time that ''all three'' finalists, Jim Scott, Steve Robin and Lou Pryor, were wildcard semifinalists. Jim and Steve were the two-lowest earning 5-time champions that season and Lou was the Seniors Tournament winner.

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* November 14 - 15, 1991: The 1991 Tournament of Champions was notable for being the first time that ''all three'' finalists, Jim Scott, Steve Robin and Lou Pryor, were wildcard semifinalists. Jim and Steve were the two-lowest earning 5-time champions that season and Lou was the 1991 Seniors Tournament winner.winner.
* March 5 - 6, 1992: The 1992 Teen Tournament was the first tournament [[YouGoGirl to have three female finalists]]: Cori Van Noy, April [=McManus=], and Jill Young.



* December 3rd, 1993: Frank Spangenberg finally winning a Jeopardy! tournament, claiming the $25,000 top prize in the show's 10th Anniversary Tournament by overcoming a ''$13,000'' deficit (pre-inflation, no less) against reigning TOC winner Tom Nosek after game 1 to win the event, thanks to betting everything on Final Jeopardy! in game 2, and Tom and fellow finalist Leslie Frates both missing the question.

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* December 3rd, 3, 1993: Frank Spangenberg finally winning a Jeopardy! tournament, claiming the $25,000 top prize in the show's 10th Anniversary Tournament by overcoming a ''$13,000'' deficit (pre-inflation, no less) against reigning TOC winner Tom Nosek after game 1 to win the event, thanks to betting everything on Final Jeopardy! in game 2, and Tom and fellow finalist Leslie Frates both missing the question.
3rd Jul '17 10:09:58 PM Premonition45
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* October 1 - 5, 1984: Elise Beraru becomes the Alex Trebek edition's first 5-time champion earning $47,350, setting its first 1-day record of $23,800 during her third show (October 3, 1984), which stood for nearly a year before being broken.

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* October 1 - 5, 1984: Elise Beraru becomes the Alex Trebek edition's Jeopardy's first 5-time champion earning $47,350, setting its first 1-day record of $23,800 during her third show (October 3, 1984), which stood for nearly a year before being broken.
3rd Jul '17 10:09:12 PM Premonition45
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* October 1 - 5, 1984: Elise Beraru becomes the Alex Trebek edition's first 5-time champion earning $47,350, setting its first 1-day record of $23,800 during her third show (October 3, 1984), which stood for nearly a year before being broken.
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* February 17, 1995: Matt Zielenski wins the 1995 Teen Tournament with $42,300, the highest winning score of ''any'' tournament from the pre-doubled era (possibly still the highest when adjusted to post-2001 scoring) For perspective, the highest winning score at the Tournament of Champions during that same era was $27,600 by Tom Nosek at the 1993 TOC.

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* February 17, 1995: Matt Zielenski wins the 1995 Teen Tournament with $42,300, the highest winning score of ''any'' tournament from the pre-doubled era (possibly still the highest when adjusted to post-2001 scoring) scoring). For perspective, the highest winning score at the Tournament of Champions during that same era was $27,600 by Tom Nosek at the 1993 TOC.
29th Jun '17 11:03:19 AM Premonition45
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* February 17, 1995: Matt Zielenski wins the 1995 Teen Tournament with $42,300, the highest winning score of ''any'' tournament from the pre-doubled era (for perspective, the highest winning score at the Tournament of Champions during that same era was $27,600 by Tom Nosek at the 1993 TOC).

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* February 17, 1995: Matt Zielenski wins the 1995 Teen Tournament with $42,300, the highest winning score of ''any'' tournament from the pre-doubled era (for (possibly still the highest when adjusted to post-2001 scoring) For perspective, the highest winning score at the Tournament of Champions during that same era was $27,600 by Tom Nosek at the 1993 TOC).TOC.
31st May '17 4:57:20 PM Hallwings
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* May 11, 2012: All three finalists in the Teen Tournament won more than the guaranteed money...including the winner, Elyse Mancuso, who won '''$79,600'''.[[note]](2nd runner-up was guaranteed $15,000, 1st runner-up was guaranteed $25,000, while the winner at the time got $75,000)[[/note]]
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* April 7, 1988: During Double Jeopardy!, Bob Beers places a $6,000 wager on one Daily Double and a ''[[SerialEscalation $10,000]]'' wager on the second... '''''and gets them both right'''''. The latter stands on record as the biggest Daily Double wager in Jeopardy! history, even adjusted to post-2001 scoring. And if he'd gotten Final Jeopardy! right, he would've set a 1-day record at $32,000.

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* April 7, 1988: During After placing a $6,000 wager on a Daily Double in Double Jeopardy!, Bob Beers places a $6,000 wager on one Daily Double and a wagers ''[[SerialEscalation $10,000]]'' wager on the second... '''''and gets them both it right'''''. The latter This stands on record as the biggest Daily Double wager in Jeopardy! history, even adjusted to post-2001 scoring. And if he'd gotten Final Jeopardy! right, he would've set a 1-day record at $32,000.
15th May '17 10:58:31 AM Premonition45
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* April 7, 1988: During Double Jeopardy!, Bob Beers places a $6,000 wager on one Daily Double and a ''[[SerialEscalation $10,000]]'' wager on the second... '''''and gets them both right'''''. The latter stands on record as the biggest Daily Double wager in Jeopardy! history, even adjusted to post-2001 scoring. And if he'd gotten Final Jeopardy! right, he would've set a 1-day record at $32,000.
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