'‘Jeopardy!’ phenom stunned in Tournament of Champions semifinals

in Tournament of Champions semifinals

Computer science phenom

Matt Amodio will not be advancing to the “Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions finals after

The match between

Amodio, Buttrey and John Focht was close throughout

Buttrey had

$23,000 going into Final Jeopardy, leading Amodio ($16,800) and Focht ($12,600)

All three contestants

correctly solved the Final Jeopardy clue in the category “Geographic Pairs,” but Amodio’s $0

Buttrey will now

face off against another super champ, Amy Schneider, and whoever wins Friday’s semifinal

Amodio won 38

games in a row during his regular-season run on “Jeopardy!” in 2021, the third-longest streak in

Amodio, Schneider and

Mattea Roach were the three favorites (in no particular order) coming into the tournament

Each had

extended win streaks during “Jeopardy!” and are ranked among the top five all-time in regular-season

It was won

by Roach, who competes Friday in the third semifinal match

Katherine Rodriguez can

be reached at krodriguez@njadvancemedia

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