Austin Rogers, a bartender from New York and a winner in the television game show Jeopardy! is making the social media buzzing. What’s making him very popular?
Rogers accumulated $306,900 winnings over the past eight consecutive games on Jeopardy!. The figure makes him fifth on the game shows list of all-time regular season money winners. However, it is not his winnings that made fans buzzing about him—it’s his personality, wit, and big bets on the show.
Rogers is captivating the attention of Jeopardy! viewers because of his bold and eccentric personality. He is competing on the show sporting a shaggy hair and a bushy beard. He is also making improvised mimes after every correct answer thus making the show more entertaining to watch. In other words, Rogers is a quirky genius who knows how to entertain the audience.
Another interesting thing about Rogers is his big bets. During his game 6 on Jeopardy!, he recorded $69,000 single game winnings after wagering $34,000 on a question about Nelson Mandela and came up with a correct answer.
Here are the reactions of Twitter users about his big wagers on the game show:
Rogers holds a BA in History from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. According to him, he is naturally curious. Whenever he does not know the answer to something, he will “immediately look it up.” He thinks his extracurricular reading, documentary watching and general nerdery contributed to his ability to answering correctly.
Jeopardy! has been on his radar since he was a kid. Before joining the game show, he did an extensive research. He watched countless back episodes from the early 80’s until recently. According to him, if you’ve been watching the game show regularly for a long time, you’ll notice that questions from different decades are repeated.
“I’m not going to say there’s a system or a code, but if you watch enough, you’ll start seeing things repeat,. Like if it ever says ‘sculptor,’ it’s probably going to be Auguste Rodin. If it ever says, ‘American sculptor,’ it’ll probably be Alexander Calder. If it ever says Romanian poet, it’ll be Enasescu. I have no idea who Enasescu is, but I’ve seen that come up three times in episodes across the decades,” said Rogers during an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America.
Obviously, Rogers entered the contest like a boy scout–well prepared and armed with all the tools he need to win the contest. Let’s see if he’ll be able to continue his winning-streak.
Update: Rogers just recorded his ninth consecutive win, amassing total prize of $332,400.