The Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions Greatest of All Time (GOAT) tournament continues tonight, January 14, 2020 in what could possibly be the last episode of the tournament. The tournament will run each weeknight at 8 p.m. until one of the champions wins three matches. The GOAT contestants are Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer.
The title of “Greatest Jeopardy! champion of all time” will be given out by Friday, January 17 at the latest; however, it could be given out as early as tonight, Tuesday, January 14. The contestants are competing in the tournament for bragging rights and $1 million, the first-place prize. Each of the runners-up will receive $250,000.
Prior to the beginning of the GOAT tournament, Ken Jennings held the longest winning streak in Jeopardy! history along with the record for highest earnings in the regular season. Brad Rutter’s Jeopardy claim to fame is his title as highest-earning champion in Jeopardy! history. James Holzhauer holds the top ten records for highest-earning Jeopardy! games.
Going into the fourth match of the tournament, Ken Jennings was in first place with two wins, James Holzhauer was in second place with one win. Brad Rutter was behind with 0 points. He hasdplaced third in all but one game, having beat out James in one of the games in Thursday’s match.
SPOILERS: We’re recapping episode 4 of the tournament below, so only keep on reading if you don’t mind spoilers or have already seen the episode.
Ken won the fourth match of the tournament, making him the overall winner.
Today’s episode began with Alex telling us that James won the draw and would go first. The men all wore purple ribbons again to bring awareness to pancreatic cancer. Ken found the daily double in the first round, betting all of his 3,800 points. He got the answer correct, bringing his total up to 7,600.
Ken got off to a very strong start, finishing the first round in first place with 12,800, James was sitting in second place with 4,400, and Brad was in third place with 2,400.
Once again, Brad went first in the daily double round. The first daily double was found by Brad; he wagered all of his 4,800 points. He got the question incorrect after answering confidently, bringing him back down to 0. Ken found the second daily double and went all in with his 15,200 points. He answered correctly, bringing him up to 30,400.
Going into the Final Jeopardy question, Ken was leading with 32,800, James was in an impressively close second with 22,800, and Brad was in a distant third with 2,000. The final jeopardy category was “It’s all Greece to me.”
The final clue was “This area of Greece, home to Pan, is synonymous with a rural paradise; it’s a setting for Virgil’s shepherd poems called the ‘Eclogues.'” The answer was Arcadia.
Brad got the answer incorrect, costing him all of his points. James got the answer correct, betting 11,381, bumping him to 43,181. Ken doubled his score, ending the first game with 65,600. It’ll be tough for anyone to catch up with him for the match at this point.
The second game began with Alex reminding us it was still anyone’s match. James casually roasted Brad, saying his score was still on his pedestal since he scored 0 last game.
Ken chose the first clue and also found the daily double when he had 1,000. He risked all of those points. He looked genuinely puzzled, not able to get an answer out on time.
At the end of the first round, James was in the first-place spot with 8,200, Ken was in second with 5,600 and Brad was in third 1,000.
Ken found the first daily double in the double jeopardy round; he wagered 5,000 points of his 8,800. He got the answer correct, bringing his total up to 13,800. James found the second after getting his score up to 20,200. He bet it all, needing to win big to catch up to Ken. He got the answer correct, bringing his total up to 40,400.
Going into Final Jeopardy, James had 44,000, Ken was sitting at 23,000, and Brad had 1,400 points. The category for Final was “Shakespeare’s Tragedies.”
The clue for final was “He has 272 speeches, the most of any non-title character in a Shakespeare tragedy.”
Brad wrote down “You’re the best, Alex!” Obviously, that wasn’t the answer, but he risked 0 points. His total for the match was 1,400.
Ken wrote down “Iago,” which was the correct answer he wagered 0 points, giving him 88,600 points total for the match. James wrote down “Horatio.” He wagered all of his points, meaning Ken won the match and the tournament.