Chasing Ken: A Matt Amodio vs. Ken Jennings (and James Holzhauer) Statistical Comparison

Matt Amodio, Ken Jennings, and James Holzhauer.

With Matt Amodio surpassing James Holzhauer’s 32 wins and setting off in pursuit of Ken Jennings’ 74 wins, I have decided to resurrect my statistical comparison toteboard; this is a continuation of my James Holzhauer vs Ken Jennings toteboard from 2019. As in 2019, links are also provided to help define any statistics that may not be readily familiar or intuitive to the casual viewer.

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Last Updated: October 11, 2021 (through 39 games)

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Matt Amodio Ken Jennings James Holzhauer
Games Played 39 39 33
Total Winnings $1,518,601 $1,331,661 $2,462,216
Correct Responses 1305 1400 1186
Incorrect Responses 122 126 36
Unforced Errors (buzz in w/ incorrect response) 102 101 31
Correct Response % When Buzzing In 92.17% 92.81% 97.21%
Times First In 1237 1343 1077
First In %age 56.00% 60.69% 57.81%
Rebounds 55 49 33
Rebound %age (of all rebound opportunities) 44.00% 39.52% 48.53%
Categories With 5 Correct 26 45 36
Categories With 4 Correct 106 126 95
Categories With 3 Correct 142 133 122
% Of Categories With At Least 3 Correct 58.55% 64.96% 63.89%
Categories With 0 Correct 14 19 11
% of Bottom-Row Clues Responded To Correctly 59.10% 53.33% 58.59%
Daily Doubles Played 86 83 76
Daily Doubles Correct 76 71 72
Daily Double %age 88.37% 85.54% 94.74%
Average Daily Double Wager $4,774 $3,601 $8,984
Total Net Gain On Daily Doubles $304,200 $213,699 $654,416
Average Net Gain On Daily Doubles $3,537 $2,575 $8,611
Average Score At End Of First Round $10,969 $9,877 $12,564
Average Lead At End Of First Round $7,382 $6,238 $8,273
Average Score At End Of Second Round $33,308 $31,044 $47,655
Average Lead At End Of Second Round $23,521 $22,300 $36,750
% Of Runaway Games 82.05% 87.18% 87.88%
Final Jeopardy Clues Correct 29 26 32
Final Jeopardy %age 74.36% 66.67% 96.97%
Average Final Jeopardy Wager $12,492 $8,145 $27,891
Average Final Score $39,082 $34,145 $75,364
Average Margin of Victory $29,542 $23,671 $62,269
Average Coryat Score $27,913 $28,005 $30,576
Average Opposition Player Coryat $6,436 $5,813 $7,415
Average Combined Coryat $40,785 $39,636 $45,400
Triple Stumpers Average 5.10 5.31 3.39
Unrevealed Clues Average 0.33 0.26 0.55

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