History Awesome / JEOPARDY

17th May '17 11:14:19 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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* 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.
5th May '17 12:00:57 PM 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).
3rd May '17 8:17:37 PM Premonition45
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* November 24 - 25, 1994: For the first time, ''none'' of the Tournament of Champions finalists were 5-time champions, the finalists being 1994 College Tournament winner Jeff Stewart and 4-time champions Rachael Schwartz and David Hillinck (who were all wildcard semifinalists, too). And after a hard-fought final, Rachael Schwartz became the first woman and 4-time champion to win the Tournament of Champions, winning by $1 over Jeff Stewart.

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* November 24 - 25, 1994: For the first time, ''none'' of the Tournament of Champions finalists were 5-time champions, the finalists being 1994 College Tournament winner Jeff Stewart and 4-time champions Rachael Schwartz and David Hillinck (who (all 3 players were all wildcard semifinalists, too). And after a hard-fought final, Rachael Schwartz became the first woman and 4-time champion to win the Tournament of Champions, winning by $1 over Jeff Stewart.
3rd May '17 5:57:10 PM Premonition45
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* September 12, 1989: Bob Blake breaks Chuck Forrest's 5-day record by winning $82,501 as a 5-time champion, also making him the first player to win more than $75,000 in regular games. Because of the then-$75,000 winnings cap, Blake donates $7,501 of his winnings to Oxfam, making that a [[HeartwarmingMoment heartwarming moment]] as well. He would go on to win the 1990 Tournament of Champions, the only Canadian citizen to do so to date, and would remain the show's biggest cash winner (not counting ''Super Jeopardy!'') until 2001. Even with doubled cash values and no winning limits, he remained Canada's winningest player in regular games until ''2015'', and he's still the only Canadian contestant in ''Jeopardy!'' history to earn over $200,000 in regular and tournament games.

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* September 6 - 12, 1989: Bob Blake breaks Chuck Forrest's 5-day record by winning $82,501 as a 5-time champion, also making him the first player to win more than $75,000 in regular games. Because of the then-$75,000 winnings cap, Blake donates $7,501 of his winnings to Oxfam, making that a [[HeartwarmingMoment heartwarming moment]] as well. He would go on to win the 1990 Tournament of Champions, the only Canadian citizen to do so to date, and would remain the show's biggest cash winner (not counting ''Super Jeopardy!'') until 2001. Even with doubled cash values and no winning limits, he remained Canada's winningest player in regular games until ''2015'', and he's still the only Canadian contestant in ''Jeopardy!'' history to earn over $200,000 in regular and tournament games.



* August 11, 1990: Dave Traini becomes the first player to defeat Chuck Forrest during his Super Jeopardy quarterfinal game. Appropriately, during his semifinal game, he defeats eventual 1990 Tournament of Champions winner Bob Blake, who had broken Forrest's 5-day record.

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* August 11, 1990: Dave Traini becomes the first player to defeat Chuck Forrest during his Super Jeopardy quarterfinal game. Appropriately, during his September 1, 1990 semifinal game, he defeats eventual 1990 Tournament of Champions winner Bob Blake, who had broken Forrest's 5-day record.



* 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.



* November 19, 1992: The first of the two Final games in the Tournament of Champions was a rapid-fire affair, with finalists Jerome Vered, Leszek Pawlowicz and Bruce Simmons having accumulated $25,400 as a group going into Final Jeopardy. Unfortunately, FJ was very difficult, with all three players losing substantial amounts of money.

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* November 19, 1992: The first of the two Final games in the Tournament of Champions was a rapid-fire affair, affair with finalists very few incorrect answers, and Jerome Vered, Leszek Pawlowicz and Bruce Simmons having accumulated $25,400 as a group going into Final Jeopardy. Unfortunately, FJ was very difficult, with all three players losing substantial amounts of money.



* November 25, 1994: Rachael Schwartz becomes the first woman and 4-time champion to win the Tournament of Champions, winning by $1 over Jeff Stewart, the 1994 College Championship winner.

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* November 24 - 25, 1994: For the first time, ''none'' of the Tournament of Champions finalists were 5-time champions, the finalists being 1994 College Tournament winner Jeff Stewart and 4-time champions Rachael Schwartz becomes and David Hillinck (who were all wildcard semifinalists, too). And after a hard-fought final, Rachael Schwartz became the first woman and 4-time champion to win the Tournament of Champions, winning by $1 over Jeff Stewart, the 1994 College Championship winner.Stewart.
22nd Apr '17 12:33:10 PM Premonition45
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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.
12th Apr '17 5:11:09 PM Premonition45
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* May 18 - 22, 1992: Jerome Vered wins $96,801 as a 5-time champion (second all-time under the original dollar amounts to Frank Spangenberg's record), though he shattered Frank's one-day record by winning $34,000 in his 4th game (May 21, 1992). The record stood until the show's dollar amounts were doubled, and while Vered's score held up when adjusted for inflation, Ken Jennings broke the record anyway with a $75,000 game in 2004. Vered would go on to finish third in both the 1992 Tournament of Champions and the 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions.

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* May 18 - 22, 1992: Jerome Vered wins $96,801 as a 5-time champion (second all-time under the original dollar amounts to Frank Spangenberg's record), though he shattered shattering Frank's one-day record by winning $34,000 in his 4th game (May 21, 1992). The record stood until the show's dollar amounts were doubled, and while Vered's score held up when adjusted for inflation, Ken Jennings broke the record anyway with a $75,000 game in 2004. Vered would go on to finish third in both the 1992 Tournament of Champions and the 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions.
23rd Dec '16 7:27:59 PM KoopaKid17
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* December 13 - 21, 2016: Cindy Stowell, who had stage four colon cancer during her tapings, winning six games and $105,803 despite being visibly ill on the air. She defeated a seven-day champion in part due to a gutsy wager on a Daily Double early in Double Jeopardy!. Given a few months to live (she passed away over a week before her shows began airing), she requested to have her winnings donated to cancer research.
19th Nov '16 3:18:15 PM mlsmithca
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** To this day, Chuck Forrest is still the only ''Jeopardy!'' champion from the first two seasons to win even ''one'' game in one of the show's later best-of tournaments (everyone else from seasons 1& 2 lost their first game in a later tournament.)

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** To this day, Chuck Forrest is still the only ''Jeopardy!'' champion from the first two seasons to win even ''one'' game in one of the show's later best-of tournaments (everyone else from seasons 1& 1 and 2 lost their first game in a later tournament.)



** The event saw numerous upsets too, with only ''6'' of the 19 prior Tournament of Champions winners in the field winning even a single game, and none of them came from Jeopardy!'s first 11 seasons. 1994 TOC semifinalist John Cuthbertson was among the surprises of the tournament, defeating TOC winners Bob Verini & Bob Blake and 2001 finalist Tad Carithers along the way to the Ultimate TOC semifinals, where he became one of just two men to ever lead Brad Rutter after a Jeopardy! game (though Brad largely dominated game 2 to advance to the finals.)

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** The event saw numerous upsets too, with only ''6'' of the 19 prior Tournament of Champions winners in the field winning even a single game, and none of them came from Jeopardy!'s first 11 seasons. 1994 TOC semifinalist John Cuthbertson was among the surprises of the tournament, defeating TOC winners Bob Verini & and Bob Blake and 2001 finalist Tad Carithers along the way to the Ultimate TOC semifinals, where he became one of just two men to ever lead Brad Rutter after a Jeopardy! game (though Brad largely dominated game 2 to advance to the finals.)
5th Oct '16 5:18:33 PM thelivingtoad
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** More amazingly, in nine years of post-Jennings play, only four other people (David Madden with 19 wins in 2005, Arthur Chu (11) and Julia Collins (20) in 2014, and Matt Jackson in 2015) have even made it into double-digit non-Tournament victories, and until Julia Collins in mid-2014, none had gotten to 20 straight.

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** More amazingly, in nine years of post-Jennings play, only four five other people (David Madden with 19 (19 wins in 2005, 2005), Arthur Chu (11) and (11 in 2014), Julia Collins (20) (20 in 2014, and 2014), Matt Jackson (14 in 2015) and Seth Wilson (12 in 2016)) have even made it into double-digit non-Tournament victories, and until Julia Collins in mid-2014, none no one else had gotten to 20 straight.
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