Alex Jacob has won “Jeopardy’s” Tournament of Champions, taking home the $250,000 grand prize.
The Chicago-based currency trader plans to use some of his prize money to pay for his recent wedding and upcoming honeymoon, but he says he’s most excited to have the title and have his “name next to the ‘Jeopardy’ greats.”
A former professional poker player and the winner of the 2006 United States Poker Championship, Jacob said that he believes his time in that arena prepared him for the “Jeopardy” stages. His won $151,802 over seven “Jeopardy” appearances earlier this year. These winnings qualified him for the Tournament of Champions. There, he won all of his games (one quarterfinal, one semifinal, and both games of a two-day final) in runaways.
“The most challenging aspect was probably just dealing mentally with the high stakes and the knowledge that I could win the tournament if I played well. The one thing I had going for me is that I’ve played for a lot of money on national TV before,” Jacob said. “The thing that makes ‘Jeopardy’ different than poker, though, is that there’s always another poker tournament, but you only get one Tournament of Champions.”
Matt Jackson finished second in the tournament and claimed $100,000. Kerry Greene came in third and took home $50,000.
“Matt and Kerry are great; both really nice, funny people, and of course, excellent players,” Jacob said of his competitors. “I especially was happy for Kerry when she made the finals. She was the returning champion on my first taping day, so she was one of the few players I had met before.”