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Even Ken Jennings was impressed by Matt Amodio’s massive Final Jeopardy! bid

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Matt Amodio’s hot streak continued on “Jeopardy!” Monday, just days after supplanting James Holzauer’s place as the second winningest contestant. And when it came time to wager on Final Jeopardy!, he decided it was better to be feared than loved when answering a question about Machiavelli.

Amodio, who had $41,800 more than the next highest contestant bid a whopping $37,000 on the last clue. The correct answer garnered him his biggest single day winnings of $83,000.

Fans were impressed with the massive wager, and even the greatest player of all time Ken Jennings took an interest in the big gamble. Jennings tweeted “Whoa,” to which Amodio repolied, “Now if only I could get that Ken Jennings smell out of the #Jeopardy winner's podium”

Video Transcript

- Welcome to week eight of Matt Amodio's record-breaking run. On Friday's show with his 33rd win he became the second winningest contestant in "Jeopardy!" history behind only Ken Jennings.

KYLIE MAR: Matt Amodio's hot streak continued on "Jeopardy!" Monday just days after supplanting James Holzhauer's place in the record books. And when it came time to wager on Final Jeopardy, he decided it was better to be feared than loved.

- Did you come up with Machiavelli? Who is Machiavelli? We already know you're our "Jeopardy!" champion. The question is, how much did you wager? $37,000. Well, Matt, that gives you $83,000.

KYLIE MAR: Fans were impressed with the massive wager, and even the greatest player of all time, Ken Jennings, took an interest in the big gamble resulting in Amodio playfully replying, "Now if only I could get that Ken Jennings smell out of the #Jeopardy winner's podium." And while he has a long way to go before topping Jennings' 74 game win streak, he's off to a great start.

- This is your single biggest payday of your run, and you now have a 34-day total of $1,350,801. Congratulations. What a huge day. What a great way to start the week.

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