Amy Schneider claimed victory in “Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions on Monday, winning the $250,000 grand prize.
Schneider defeated opponents Andrew He and Sam Buttrey for the third time in a Final that required a competitor to win three matches to take the title.
“I feel amazing,” Schneider said in a statement after the win. “Earlier in the finals, I had this sudden moment of seeing myself and being like, ‘I’m on stage in the finals of the Tournament of Champions,’ and that was crazy. And I won! It’s a great feeling.”
Schneider and Ef were tied at two wins apiece entering Monday’s sixth possible seven-game series. Buttrey extended the streak on Friday by securing his first and only win.
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The “Jeopardy!” The Tournament of Champions, which began on October 31, featured 21 contestants who won at least four games since the 2020 tournament, as well as the winners of the National College Championship, the Teachers Tournament and the game show’s first Second Chance faceoff.
Monday’s episode was the second time that Schneider and He accompanied the game show. Schneider ended his five-game winning streak last November before the reigning champions went on a 40-match streak. Buttrey won $100,000 in the Teachers Tournament in December, making history on the game show.
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Go to Final Jeopardy! on Monday, Schneider led He by just $1,400. The winner was determined by the contestant’s wagers and whether they wrote the correct answer to the final clue. The finalist’s clue in the “Plays” category was, “The January 12, 1864 Washington Evening Star reported a performance of this ‘stunning comedy’ to a “full house and pleasure.”
Buttrey guessed wrong “Our Mutual Friend,” and lost everything after paying his entire $8,000. He gave the correct answer of “Our American Cousin,” increasing his total to $17,001. But Schneider also answered the clue correctly, and took the top spot after paying $13,000.
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He came in second, winning $100,000, while Buttrey, who finished third, walked away $50,000 richer.
Schneider is the first transgender person to win the tournament.