All-Time Jeopardy Winners: Matt Jackson passes Arthur Chu, targets Julia Collins, Ken Jennings
Another week, another modern Jeopardy champion is making headlines. 2014 was a Jeopardy resurgence in relevance; boasting two champs that made big waves.
In early 2014, the “villainous” Arthur Chu annoyed watchers with his bouncing around the board and perceived arrogance. Less than a month after Chu’s run, Julia Collins would win 20 consecutive shows becoming a top-three player all-time and the winningest female of all time.
BOOM! Along Comes Matt Jackson
With eleven straight wins and winnings just over $339,000, Jackson has burst onto the Jeopardy record books with his creepy smile and awkward “BOOM!” celebrations.
The 23-year old won another game Friday night, so Jackson and his slow-developing smile tied Chu for fourth all-time in total wins and leapfrogged the infamous Arthur Chu in total winnings. Chu was last year’s fascinating Jeopardy contestant with an unorthodox approach to the game.
And with every “Daily Double”, Jackson pushes down more big names on the top ten list of winningest (standard) Jeopardy players:
Jeopardy Winnings All-Time*
|1||Ken Jennings||$ 2,520,700|
|2||Dave Madden||$ 430,400|
|3||Julia Collins||$ 429,100|
|4||Matt Jackson||$ $411,612|
|5||Arthur Chu||$ 298,200|
|6||Seth Wilson||$ 245,002**|
|7||Tom Nissley||$ 235,405|
|8||Roger Craig||$ 230,200|
|9||Larissa Kelly||$ 223,597|
|10||Jason Keller||$ 213,900|
|11||Joon Pahk||$ 199,000|
|12||Tom Walsh||$ 184,900|
|13||Ben Ingram||$ 176,534|
* For the most updated list of winners, winnings and winning streaks, go here. List above only includes “standard” Jeopardy episodes and does not include Tournament of Champions or Teen Jeopardy!. For Tournament winners, go here.
** updated for Seth Wilson 10/03/2016
Not only is Jackson in the top five in all-time winnings, but he’s also top-five with most Jeopardy! wins.
All-Time Jeopardy Champions List (by Wins)
|1||Ken Jennings||74 wins|
|2||Julia Collins||20 wins|
|3||Dave Madden||19 wins|
|4||Matt Jackson||13 wins|
|5||Arthur Chu||11 wins|
|5||Seth Wilson||11 wins|
|7||Jason Keller||9 wins|
|8||Ben Ingram||8 wins|
|9||Jason Keller||7 wins|
For the most updated list of Jeopardy winners, winnings and winning streaks, go here.
After dispensing of Chu, he has a ways to go before moving up to the third place spot. At this point, Matt Jackson is approximately $140,000 behind Julia Collins, whom became Jeopardy’s winningest woman right after Chu made headlines last year. Jackson will likely need to win at least another 5 times to start sniffing Julia’s solid lock on third place all-time. To take second place, he’ll need just $1,301 to usurp the legendary Dave Madden.
To get to first place, he’ll have to hunker down and win another 60-70 times to start making Ken Jennings sweat (and we all know that Jennings doesn’t sweat, being a robot and all), who holds the record at $2.5 million and 74 total wins.