Jeopardy Masters 2024 Quarterfinals Recap, Part 2

David B Morris
9 min readMay 10, 2024

At the Halfway Point The New Blood Is Dominating

We are now at the official halfway point of the quarterfinals of this year’s Jeopardy Masters. If we needed proof that we were in for a different kind of Masters, the last two matches have more than demonstrated it. Trends are developing that might play out in the Masters as a whole, so let’s jump in.

Recap of May 6th: The Final Boss Wins and The Queen Continues Her


The first match of Day 2 was a rematch of the finalists of last year’s Masters: James Holzhauer, Mattea Roach and Matt Amodio. From the start of the Jeopardy round, it was a two person race between Matt and James. Matt got off to a fast start in the round, finding the Daily Double early in 18TH CENTURY NAMES. He bet the 5000 points he had:

“In 1792 he surprised London concertgoers with his Symphony №94.”

Matt knew it was Haydn (the Surprise Symphony) and doubled his score. James managed to make up a lot of ground but at the end of the round Matt had 12,000 points to James’ 6800. Mattea trailed with 1200.

James struck first in Double Jeopardy when he found the first Daily Double in DEATH OF A WRITER. Though it had gotten well the last time, he bet the 8400 points he had:

“This author from Sauk Centre, Minnesota died in a nursing home in Rome in 1951.” It took James a minute but he came up with Sinclair Lewis and doubled his score to take the lead away from Matt.

Matt made up a lot of ground in the next several clues but then James found the other Daily Double in a category never seen before:

THE RESPONSE’S GPA: As Ken put it: “Each response is a series of letters that would average out to the GPA we give you.” It’s the kind of category most Jeopardy players don’t go near until the end of the round. Matt had gone to it first and James had rung in.

He had 20,000 points.

James: “I’m staring Matt down trying to get a player read. All right, he looks serious. All of it please.”

The audience was stunned.

“3.6: Limerick rhyme scheme.”

James: “What is A-A-B-B-A?”

He got it and doubled his score. I’ve seen James do remarkable things before but this was one of his boldest.

He finished Double Jeopardy with 45,200 points, the highest score at the end of Double Jeopardy in the brief history of MASTERS. Matt had 19,200 and Mattea 5600.

Last year, this scenario would have been one where James took Final Jeopardy as an opportunity to mock Ken. This time he didn’t and neither did anyone else.

The category was 20th CENTURY LEADERS. “1 of the ‘Big Four’ at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference & a former journalist, he’d supported the impressionists and Alfred Dreyfus.” All three players knew the correct response: “Who is Clemenceau?” (the Prime Minister of France). James notched his first victory and gained 3 match points, Matt gained his first and Mattea gained none.

In the second half Victoria and Yogesh, winners of the first two games of the tournament, faced off against Amy Schneider. Yogesh and Victoria fought fairly evenly in the first half of the Jeopardy round, but Victoria took the lead for good when she found the Daily Double in RENAISSANCE MASTERS:

“Many artists have depicted Christ crucified; his version, in a Madrid collection, has Toledo in the background.” Victoria knew it was El Greco, doubled her score to 8800 points. Victoria finished the Jeopardy round with 12,400 points to Yogesh’s 5000 and Amy’s 600.

Amy got to the Daily Double far too early for her sake, the first clue of Double Jeopardy. Things were going fairly evenly in Double Jeopardy but Victoria retained her margin, helped by a period when she got 5 out of 6 clues correct before she managed to find the other Daily Double in WE OUT HERE TRYNA MINE. She already had 24,200 points.

Victoria has a calculating approach to Daily Doubles.

It is here that we notice a change in Victoria’s approach to Daily Doubles that no other Master has tried to this point. While everyone else, regardless of their position, is inclined to go all in when Victoria is in the lead she wants to make sure she doesn’t lose it if things go south. So we could hear her whispering in her head before she decided to bet 13,000 points.

“In a 1909 book on mining, this man who got more famous 20 years later noted that overproduction of mined metals can ‘depress prices.” It took a moment for Victoria to respond: “Who is Herbert Hoover? (He was an engineer before he began his time in public life.) She added 13,000 points and ensured herself a second straight runaway with 41,000 points to Yogesh’s 11,800 and Amy’s 10,200.

The Final Jeopardy category was 20th CENTURY WRITERS: “Becoming a British subject in 1927, he described himself as a classicist in literature, royalist in politics & Anglo-Catholic in religion.” Both Amy and Yogesh knew the correct writer: “Who is T.S. Eliot?” Victoria, however, did not: she wrote down: “Who is Tolkien?” It cost her 9000 points but she still won her second consecutive game and 3 more match points. Yogesh took second place and gained 1. Amy still had zero.


Victoria Groce — 6

James Holzhauer — 4

Yogesh Raut — 4

Matt Amodio — 1

Mattea Roach — 1

Amy Schneider — 0

Interestingly while Victoria had won both games in dominant fashion at this point she was the only contestant who has not given a correct response in Final Jeopardy. This could very well come back to bite her as the tournament continues.

May 8th: Another Raut Rout And The Two Chasers Face Off

In Game 1 Yogesh faced off against Amy and Matt. Yogesh got off to a bad start, going in the hole early at -1800 points. Matt got to the first Daily Double a little too early in EUROPEAN GEOGRAPHY. But Yogesh rebounded at the end of the round and leaped ahead of Amy with 5400 points to her 4600 and Matt at 2200.

Matt got to the first Daily Double on the first clue of Double Jeopardy in NATURE: “Also called the scaly anteater, it gets its other name from the Malay for ‘roller’, describing its defense mechanism.” Matt knew it was pangolin and doubled his score. The round was fairly even until Yogesh managed a run of four consecutive correct responses which brought him up to 15,400 points before he found the other Daily Double in LITERATURE: WHO SAID IT? (You had to name the character.) Yogesh went all in:

“She betrayed you, Winston. Immediately — unreservedly. I have seldom seen anyone come over to us so promptly.” Yogesh hesitated before saying: “Who is O’Brien?” (from 1984) He was at 30,800 points and then managed three more consecutive correct responses in COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY to lock up the game. He would finish with 36,400 points to Amy’s 12,200 and Matt’s 7200.

Still don’t like me. Can’t deny he belongs.

The Final Jeopardy category was THE THEATER. “This show debuted December 20, 1879 in a theater on the Devon coast, with the cast in costume from a related show.” Both Matt and Amy knew the correct response: “What is The Pirates of Penzance? (The cast was in costume from H.M.S. Pinafore, Gilbert and Sullivan’s previous operetta.) Oddly enough Yogesh didn’t and wrote down nothing. It didn’t change anything: he got his second win and three more match points. However, Amy had wagered enough to go past Matt for second place and get her first match point of the tournament.

Game 2 featured the first match between James and Victoria in this tournament, but the two of them knew each other from their previous work on The Chase. Some people were insulted that in his introduction Ken didn’t give enough credit to Mattea. I’m pretty sure they didn’t mind.

In the Jeopardy round James and Victoria fought pretty much dead even before James got to the Daily Double in STARTS AND ENDS WITH ‘R’. Yet again he wagered everything he had: 5800 points. And just as in the Jeopardy round of his first appearance, it didn’t go well: “This device allows air to get from a scuba diver’s oxygen tank and into the diver’s lung.” James paused before going to what I thought was the correct response: “What is a respirator?” It was in fact a regulator, and he dropped from first to zero. Victoria finished the round in the lead with 8800 points to James and Mattea’s 1400 apiece.

In Double Jeopardy Victoria maintained her lead for the first bit and then James got to the first Daily Double in PLACES. This time betting his 4200 wasn’t really an option:

“This spot in London was once where religious types grew vegetables; looks like an ’N’ got dropped along the way.” James thought: “What is Covent Garden?” (Not Convent Garden) and the battle was joined.

James was nipping at Victoria’s heels when she slowly picked THEY DID BAD for 800. That was the right choice as the other Daily Double was there. She had 14,000 to James 11,200:

Victoria: “I believe the move is: all in.

After the gesture, Ken asked: “What do you think James?”

James: Poor technique. Good strategy, though.”

“Though nicknamed for a weapon regulated by Congress in 1934, he doesn’t seem to have killed anyone; kidnapped yes.”

It took Victoria a moment to come up with: “Who is Machine Gun Kelly?” She doubled her score to 28,000.

But neither James nor Mattea rolled over and for the first time so far in this year’s Masters the game didn’t end in a runaway: Victoria led with 29,600 points to James 17,600 and Mattea was still very much alive with 7000.

The Final Jeopardy category was FAMOUS LAST WORDS and in a way it was on the nose because for the first time all three players were stumped. “In 1530 he made his last confession & wished that “I had served God as diligently as I have done the King.” Now to their credit they all had the right idea: All three wrote down: “Who is Thomas More?” I initially thought it was More too, but at home I guessed it was Cardinal Wolsey, which was the correct response. Like More, Wolsey served Henry VIII and had failed to annul his marriage to Katherine of Aragon. The wagers made sure all three players finished exactly as they were at the end of Double Jeopardy and Victoria won her third consecutive game. Victoria took 3 Match Points, James took 1, and Mattea got zero.


Victoria Groce: 9

Yogesh Raut: 7

James Holzhauer: 5

Matt Amodio: 1

Amy Schneider: 1

Mattea Roach: 1

Halfway through the quarterfinals, the newcomers to the Masters Victoria and Yogesh have more than proven that they are the equal of the old guard, winning five of the first six games and playing impressively in all three they have appeared in. However, it is worth noting that Victoria has yet to give a correct answer in Final Jeopardy. Matt and Amy, by contrast, have answered all three Final Jeopardys correct but all its gotten them so far is one match point apiece. Mattea has only gone one out of three Final Jeopardys correct and James and Yogesh have each answered two correctly.

Things are doubtless going to change dramatically in Friday’s game. In Match 1 Matt, Amy and Mattea will face off, guarantee that one player will gain an advantage to fourth place in this tournament. And in the second match, the three players who have won all six games so far are going to face off for the first time: James, Victoria and Yogesh. How will it turn out? Stay tuned, Masters Fans.



David B Morris

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