Seth Wilson soars up the Jeopardy ranks, passes Arthur Chu in total wins

October 5, 2016 - Culture

Seth Wilson is a a University of Georgia Ph.D. theater student living in Chicago and is the latest contestant making a name for himself on Jeopardy!

On October 4th, Seth Wilson won his 12th consecutive Jeopardy! match. With total winnings now over $265,000. The teacher is steadily climbing up the rankings joining recent winners to make waves in the last three years — including Matt Jackson, Julia Collins and Arthur Chu.

With his twelfth win in the bag, Wilson passed up Chu, the notorious Jeopardy! Champion that made waves with his unorthodox and jarring techniques, in total wins. Here are the players with the longest winning streaks (data coming from j-archive — the Jeopardy online resource)

Longest Winning Streaks on Jeopardy! (by Total Wins)

Rank Contestant Win Year of Streak
1 Ken Jennings 74 2004
2 Julia Collins 20 2014
3 Dave Madden 19 2005
4 Matt Jackson 13 2015
5 Seth Wilson 12 2016
6 Arthur Chu 11 2014
7 Jason Keller 9 2011
7 Dan Pawson 9 2007-08
7 Buzzy Cohen 9 2016
10 Ben Ingram 8 2013
10 Tom Nissley 8 2010
10 Tom Kavanaugh 8 2005-06
13 Jason Keller 7 2011
13 Joon Pahk 7 2011
13 Justin Bernbach 7 2009
13 Tom Walsh 7 2004
13 Stephanie Jass 7 2012
13 Keith Whitener 7 2012

Depending on how much he takes home in his next couple wins, Wilson is still behind Chu for a top five spot in all time winnings; approximately $30,000 behind Chu. And of course, after that it doesn’t get easier with Matt Jackson, Julia Collins and Dave Madden another $100,000 plus in front not to mention Ken Jennings 2.5 million over 74 wins. Take a gander at the creme de la creme of Jeopardy winnings:

Rank Contestant Most Winnings Year of Streak
1 Ken Jennings $ 2,520,700 2004
2 Dave Madden $ 430,400 2005
3 Julia Collins $ 429,100 2014
4 Matt Jackson $ $411,612 2015
5 Arthur Chu $ 298,200 2014
6 Seth Wilson $ 265,002 2016
7 Tom Nissley $ 235,405 2010
8 Roger Craig $ 230,200 2010
9 Larissa Kelly $ 223,597 2008
10 Jason Keller $ 213,900 2011
11 Joon Pahk $ 199,000 2011
12 Tom Walsh $ 184,900 2004

The only two players that are on the total winnings list and not on the winning streak list above it are Larissa Kelly and Roger Craig, both of notched big winnings during their “short” six game winning streak.


Our bulleted list of winners, winnings and winning streaks only include “standard” Jeopardy! matches and do not include Tournament of Champions or Teen Jeopardy! wins. For that information, you can go here.

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Comments

  1. Aaron says:

    Where’s Buzzy???

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