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April 22, 2016

After 23 weeks, the 5xer Streak of Futility is broken

Congrats to Andrew Pau, who last night became the first player since Matt Jackson to notch a fifth victory. It took 115 games and more than six months for a player to break the streak.

Visually, here’s just how long that period is compared to the time between the 2014 Tournament of Champions and Matt Jackson’s streak:

Jeopardy 5x streak ToC2014

And here’s a further-out view starting from Season 30, which includes the 97-game streak with no 5xers between Julia Collins and Vaughn Winchell:

Jeopardy 5x streak S30-32

As of now, we still have the third-longest streak without a six-time champion in the “Sky’s the Limit” era. Will Andrew break it tonight? Tune in to find out!

One Comment
  1. Jim Agnew permalink

    I’m old enough to remember coming home from school at lunch to watch Art Fleming and the original show. I lived in Toronto, where a young TV personality was starting out. :)
    Anyway the original game had a more interesting element for Final Jeopardy-the clues were worth less money but instead of flat fees for the runners-up each player kept what they won. It made for a far more interesting Final Jeopardy-these days, assuming that the game isn’t a runaway there’s really little risk in going “all-in”.
    Another change is the introduction of “sudden-death”.
    Up until recently the tied players would simply return the next day.

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