‘Jeopardy!’ champion’s risky stunt earns huge winning prize

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Current “Jeopardy!” champion Matt Amodio just barely received his 10th straight win after a tight race that left fans nervous.

On Tuesday, Amodio found himself on a Daily Double, and used the opportunity to make a huge final wager, betting all of his $13,000.

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At the time of the hefty wager, Amodio had only taken the lead with two clues, putting him ahead with $1,600.

He was then asked a question on Australian history by this week’s guest host David Faber.

Amodio responded correctly with “What’s Commonwealth” when asked about Australia becoming its own nation in 1901, and quickly doubled his money.

The bold move had many of his fans at the edge of their seat.

“My palms were sweating for you!! Brilliant!” one fan tweeted, with another saying “I held my breath when you went all in. I’m glad it paid off, way to keep killin’ it!”

Amodio himself responded to a video of the risky move, saying “I'm still terrified.”

While his incredible playing could land him a spot amongst the greatest of all time, it was recently overshadowed by an innocent mistake.

Last week, Amodio answered “what” instead of “who” to a clue referring to a person, and many took to social media to express their annoyance.

The Computer Science Ph.D student from New Haven, Connecticut began his run on the beloved game show last month when “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts was guest hosting.

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