The second night of Jeopardy’s The Greatest of All Time tournament came down to the final clue, but ended up being a blowout.
Both James Holzhauer and Ken Jennings entered the second match’s Final Jeopardy with a chance to win in the category “19th-century leaders.” The contestants’ final clue was: “Tall, lanky Joel Barlow was an ambassador carrying messages between these two world leaders, both mocked for being short.”
Jennings incorrectly answered, "Who are Napoleon and Monroe?” while Holzhauer wagered big and ended up with the correct response: “Who are Napoleon and Madison?”
As a result, Holzhauer defeated Jennings by $25,014 and tied up the epic trivia tournament at one game apiece. It was a trademark performance for the professional sports gambler, who was dominant during several moments in both rounds and won two high-stakes Daily Doubles, including $16,800 for correctly naming the capital city close to the Mokolodi Nature Reserve: “What is Gaborone?”
For the second-straight night, Lancaster native Brad Rutter was largely a non-factor. He finished the night with a cumulative total of just $14,400, including a negative finish during the second game that preventing him from even participating in Final Jeopardy.
Naturally, Holzhauer ribbed his competitor a bit on Twitter as the game aired:
Thanks to Holzhauer’s win, the tournament will now add a fourth night, which will take place Tuesday, Jan. 14. The next match will air Thursday on ABC at 8 p.m. The first contestant to win three matches will be named the show’s “Greatest of All Time,” hence the title. They’ll also walk away with a $1 million prize, while the two runner-ups will each earn $250,000.
Here are some more highlights from Wednesday’s competition: