'Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time': Ken Jennings wins first nail-biting match

'Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time': Ken Jennings wins first nail-biting match

Trebek, who has undergone several rounds of chemotherapy since being diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March, admitted that "some days are better than others".

The Greatest of All Time, gathering the game's three highest money winners in its stories history-Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer-to compete in a series of matches, the first of which airing Tuesday, Jan. 7, with the first to three taking home a cool $1 mil, you really must've been wondering what, exactly, was going on.

Trebek, who will host The Greatest of All Time, recently said that he has rehearsed his final goodbye on the show.

All three men correctly identified the Bible quote over which Calvin Coolidge was sworn into office. Each match is two traditional, half-hour "Jeopardy!" games. Whoever has the most money at the end of the hour gets a point; the first contestant to accrue three points will win $1 million and "GOAT" bragging rights. The Edmonds, Washington native grew up in South Korea and graduated with a Computer Science degree from Brigham Young University (BYU).

James has the highest single-game winnings at $131,127.

Holzhauer is obviously the freshest player of the three, with all of his games taking place past year, so the buzzer rhythm/timing/etc.is probably most ingrained in him. He nearly usurped Jennings' record for highest winnings in half the time Jennings spent winning his earnings. The risk taker from Las Vegas is also a professional gambler. He also holds 16 records on the program, and is the third all-time leading money victor.

Jeopardy's! earning record is still held by Brad Rutter, who won $4,788,436 over a five day winning streak in 2000, as well as two cars. Rutter, 41, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania worked at a records store before his "Jeopardy!" success.

Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time continues on ABC weeknights at 8:00 p.m. ET until a victor is crowned.

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