Roger Craig holds the record for the most number of Daily Double bets greater than $10,000—a staggering seven. Incredibly, none of them came in his famous $77,000 game. He started with a $12,400 True Daily Double in his debut (Scott Wells missed a $10,000 bet in an attempt to catch up).
Roger’s most famous big wager was his quadrupling up on consecutive clues in Game 1 of the 2011 Tournament of Champions final, where he picked up $9,000 and $18,000 on consective clues (that $18,000 was an absolute-dollar record prior to this week). In his semifinal, though, Joon Pahk and Mark Runsvold had Roger in third place prior to Roger putting the game away with $17,400 on Daily Double bets.
Staggeringly, Roger is only 4-for-7 on big bets, with his only 3 career misses being when he bet five figures. While he was able to recover in Game 3 from a miss there, he was not so fortunate with his two misses in Game 1 and Game 2 of the Battle of the Decades final.
February 17, 2016. Chris Becker became the only player in Jeopardy! history to bet an absolute $10,000 twice in the same game. Unfortunately for Chris, it could be said that he actually may have needed to bet even more the second time around, as Tim Kutz’s all-Coryat $23,800 was enough to keep Chris from having a lock game. Tim’s single get in Final Jeopardy meant Chris did not win, in spite of having an incredible $34,000 prior to Final Jeopardy.