Ken Jennings has been officially named the greatest Jeopardy! player of all time after competing in a tournament which concluded on Tuesday.
He faced Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer in the nail-biting competition and the game all came down to one tough last question.
In tense scenes, presenter Alex Trebek asked: ‘He has 272 speeches, the most of any non-title character in a Shakespeare tragedy.’
And of course, the answer was Iago from the infamous play Othello.
Only Ken managed to buzz in with the correct answer and host Alex confirmed the good news at the end of the show.
‘It has taken 15 years for Ken Jennings to finally answer the question: Is he as good as he appeared to be in that great run on Jeopardy!?’ Alex enthused.
Pointing at Ken, he continued: ‘The greatest of all-time Jeopardy! champion.’
Ken tweeted about his victory after taking the title, and graciously admitted that he got lucky.
‘I vow to be the People’s Champ,’ he began. ‘I know this tournament was supposed to settle the Jeopardy “Greatest of All Time” question forever, but let’s be honest: I got some breaks.
‘There’s a lot of luck in a game of Jeopardy: the categories, who finds the Daily Doubles, who misses a fluky DD or Final… If we ran this tournament back a dozen times, you’d probably see a different winner each time. Brad and James are just that good.’
‘(We will NOT be running this tournament back a dozen times).’
He then praised his competitors, and added: ‘James is a player so dominant that, when he took on the strongest players ever in his sport, they both had to adopt his exact style of play just to contain him. THAT’s a once-in-a-generation talent.
‘Brad got some tough breaks in this tourney, but real Jeopardy-heads know him as the guy who beat me in three straight tournament finals. For over a decade, he’s really had the only credible claim as the Jeopardy GOAT.’
Ken, a 45-year-old software engineer turned author from Seattle, walked away with a staggering $1million (£768,150), bringing his total earnings from the show to an impressive $4,370,700 (£3.4million) over 15 years.
Let us know if you need help spending it, Ken!
Jeopardy! airs on ABC in the US.
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