These are the 15 Jeopardy players that won the most money in one day

October 4, 2017 - Culture / Money

With Austin Rogers lighting up the Jeopardy! scoreboard with his gutty wages and record-setting single-day winnings, we were curious about the which contestants have took home the most money in one day of the popular trivia game show.

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To keep things clean, we’re only including contestants from the “regular” Jeopardy — so this list doesn’t include any entries from Celebrity, College, Teens, Kids, or Tournament of Champion episodes. Without further ado, here’s the 15 times a player ended up winning the most money on Jeopardy in one single episode.

Highest Single-Day Winnings on One Jeopardy Episode

Most One Day Winnings in Jeopardy
Rank Winnings Contestant Air Date
1 $77,000 Roger Craig 09/14/2010
2 $75,000 Ken Jennings 07/23/2004
3 $69,000 Austin Rogers 10/03/2017
4 $68,000 Jerome Vered 05/21/1992
5 $65,600 Austin Rogers 10/02/2017
6 $65,200 Doug Lach 07/07/2000
7 $62,000 John Skelton 07/01/1998
8 $61,200 Frank Spangenberg 01/15/1990
9 $58,800 Mark Born 06/21/1991
10 $58,200 Arthur Chu 02/27/2014
11 $57,198 Michael Bilow 03/31/2015
12 $56,000 Jason Parker 06/12/2000
13 $55,600 Kevin Frear 07/05/1988
13 $55,600 Bob Blake 09/07/1989
15 $55,099 Ken Jennings 11/24/2004

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There’s definitely some big names on this list – Roger Craig, Ken Jennings, Arthur Chu and Doug Lach. One of the surprising things I noticed putting this together is that Jennings only makes the list twice despite winning 74 games. That says something about how Jennings played the game — steady and safe.

Looking further down The Final Wager’s list, Jennings might not be in the top fifteen as often as one would expect, but he’s all over this Jeopardy records list — having scored more than $50,000 on one day eleven times during his amazing run in 2004.

Ken Jennings' Highest Win Totals During 74 Game Streak
Contestant Money Air Date
Ken Jennings $75,000 07/23/2004
Ken Jennings $55,099 11/24/2004
Ken Jennings $52,000 7/9/2004
Ken Jennings $52,000 7/12/2004
Ken Jennings $52,000 7/22/2004
Ken Jennings $50,000 6/10/2004
Ken Jennings $50,000 6/15/2004
Ken Jennings $50,000 7/16/2004
Ken Jennings $50,000 9/17/2004
Ken Jennings $50,000 11/4/2004
Ken Jennings $50,000 11/25/2004

Good ol’ reliable Ken. Looking at his top eleven wins in terms of most money, he modestly and strategically bid so that he hit a round number — likely because no one was near him by the time Final Jeopardy rolled around.

That’s in complete contrast to Austin Rogers, who has made a name for himself by arbitrarily wagering HUGE amounts during Daily Doubles and winning them more often than not. Rogers has just six wins (as of October 3rd, 2017) and he finds himself on this list twice already, and in the top five in all of Jeopardy history.

So what’s the likelihood that a player will break the $100,000 barrier in one Jeopardy! episode?

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  1. […] UPDATE: Rogers is up to it again, winning $69,000 in his sixth consecutive win. How he did it was in typical Rogers fashion: wagering $34,000 (of his $35,000) in Final Jeopardy, then winning. With the $69,000 take, he now owns the third highest single-day winnings on Jeopardy! behind Craig and Ken Jennings. Not bad company at all. Rogers now owns two of the top five spots as far as most money won in one day ALL TIME. […]

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