Matt Amodio Breaks Personal Record on 'Jeopardy!' As Win Streak Continues

It was another day, another win for Matt Amodio during Monday night's Jeopardy!, when he was seen clocking up his 34th consecutive victory on the show.

And while viewers have grown accustomed to seeing Amodio celebrate a win, the most recent installment was another record-breaking moment for the Yale Ph.D. candidate—albeit from a personal standpoint.

The Ohio native far outstripped his two competitors with a haul of $83,000, setting a personal best for cash earned in a single episode. The other two contestants finished a distant second and third with $4,401 and $200, respectively.

During the "Final Jeopardy" round, Amodio wagered $37,000 as he correctly answered "Machiavelli" to the clue: "10 years before a more famous work, he wrote in 1503 that the way to deal with rebels is to placate them or eliminate them."

A post on the official Jeopardy! Twitter account showed a seconds-long video of Amodio breathing a sigh of relief as he learned he would continue to compete another day, alongside the caption: "83K? We're not worthy, @AmodioMatt."

Responding to the message, Amodio wrote: "A #Jeopardy wager that would hopefully make Machiavelli proud!"

Despite Amodio's impressive win, former champ James Holzhauer continues to hold the top 10 spots in most cash earned in a single episode of regular play on the show. The highest of Holzhauer's single episode earnings is $131,127, while the lowest of his top 10 entries is $89,229.

On Friday, Amodio was seen passing Holzhauer's place as having the second-longest win streak in Jeopardy! history—a record he had held since 2019—when the new champ won his 33rd game.

In an interview with Newsweek shortly after he was seen equaling Holzhauer's 32-game record on Thursday, Amodio said that he felt "fortunate" to have hit the milestone.

"It feels unbelievable. Literally, unbelievable," he said via email. "I watched every second of James tearing through the competition, and I knew he was better than I could ever be.

"I still know he's better than me, but to know I've tied him in the most important stat of the show (number of games won), I feel so fortunate."

"Jeopardy!" champ Matt Amodio
"Jeopardy!" champ Matt Amodio was seen achieving a personal best during Monday night's installment of the show, when he earned $83,000—his most in a single episode. Jeopardy!/YouTube

After the episode aired, Holzhauer took to Twitter to congratulate Amodio, writing: "I've been betting sports since 2005 and this is the first time I've seen anyone hit a 33 game parlay. Congrats @AmodioMatt!"

He also reminded Amodio that he still holds the second-place record when it comes to cash, after earning $2,462,216, compared to the new champ's current prize of $1,350,801.

Holzhauer wrote a follow-up tweet: "Still haven't seen anyone hit one for more than $2.46MM though. Stay hungry!"

Amodio humbly responded to the congratulatory message: "I am so proud that a cursory glance of the #Jeopardy record books can now yield a wrong conclusion about which one of us is the better player."

💰 A #Jeopardy wager that would hopefully make Machiavelli proud! 💰

— Matt Amodio (@AmodioMatt) October 5, 2021

While Amodio sits in second position with the longest win streak, he's still a considerable distance behind Jeopardy! all-time champ Ken Jennings, whose record, which he has held since 2004, stands at 74 consecutive wins.

Speaking with Newsweek, Amodio admitted: "Ken feels as far away now as it did from Game 1. I feel like I've been put through the gauntlet over and over and over again... and I'm not even half-way there! Ken is the GOAT for a reason!"

With Jennings splitting Jeopardy! hosting duties with Mayim Bialik for the remainder of the calendar year, Amodio is looking forward to meeting his idol.

"Meeting Ken under any circumstances would be a dream, but [having] it be under these circumstances would be Rudy-levels of perfection," said Amodio. "And as a fan, I loved him as a host. Seeing him on a Jeopardy! stage is like seeing a polar bear in the snow: it just looks right."

Ken Jennings and Alex Trebek
Late "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek (L) poses with contestant Ken Jennings after his earnings from his record-breaking streak on the game show surpassed 1 million dollars July 14, 2004 in Culver City, California. Jennings would go on to win $2,520,700 over 74 games of regular season play. Jeopardy Productions via Getty Images