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Roger Craig (full name: Roger Alan Craig) is an American game show contestant who held the record for highest single-day winnings on the quiz show Jeopardy! from September 14, 2010 (surpassing Ken Jennings) to April 23, 2019 (when James Holzhauer surpassed him with more than $112,000). In 2011, Craig returned to win the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions. In 2014, he competed in the Battle of the Decades tournament, finishing third overall behind Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings.
Roger Craig (Jeopardy! contestant) Biography
Craig, who was 33 years old at the time of his initial Jeopardy! appearance in 2010, is a native of Ferndale, Pennsylvania. He grew up there and later in Virginia, where he graduated from Annandale High School in 1995.
He holds a first degree in biology and biochemistry from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Delaware. He was working on his doctorate at the time of his first appearance on Jeopardy!, and completed the degree later in 2010.
In his scholarly career, he has published eight papers in the field of bioinformatics, specifically on topics of combinatorial protein synthesis and protein-protein prediction.
As of November 2011, he was living in Newark, Delaware, and working as a computer scientist. He is the founder of Cotinga, a company which performs data analyses and creates learning applications for smartphones. Craig was a guest on KFC Radio of Barstool Sports on August 23, 2012.
Roger Craig (Jeopardy! contestant) Age
Roger Alan Craig is an American game show contestant who held the record for highest single-day winnings on the quiz show Jeopardy! from September 14, 2010, to April 23, 2019. He was born in 1977, in Ferndale, California, United States
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Craig prepared for Jeopardy! by studying the online archive of past questions maintained on the J! Archive website. Using data-mining and text-clustering, he identified the topics most likely to occur in-game questions, then used the spaced repetition program Anki for memorization and tested himself using his own program.
Craig played quiz bowl as a student at both Virginia Tech and the University of Delaware. Before his Jeopardy appearances, he played numerous Jeopardy scrimmage matches against his friends with quiz bowl experience.
Craig believes his attendance at the two universities helped the most in his success:
Let’s face it, for Jeopardy!, the name of the game is breadth, not depth. I think the main reason both universities helped so much is that they cover just about all spheres of learning in extraordinary depth.
Craig set his record of $77,000 on the second day of the 2010–2011 Jeopardy! season on the episode airing September 14, 2010. In his record-setting appearance, he had a score of $47,000 after the game’s first two rounds, then wagered and won $30,000 in the Final Jeopardy! round. Prior to Craig, the single-day record of $75,000 was held by Ken Jennings.
Craig lost to North Carolina sportswriter Jelisa Castrodale in his seventh appearance.
He had the lead going into the Final Jeopardy round, in the category “Sports and Media”. Castrodale won when she gave the correct response to the Final Jeopardy question about the winner of the 2010 Super Bowl, while Craig gave an incorrect response.
In his seven-day run, Craig earned $231,200, all except $1,000 of which was from winning episodes. This total was the sixth-highest amount of money won non-tournament on the show, ranking Craig behind Ken Jennings, Julia Collins, David Madden (Jeopardy! contestant), Arthur Chu, and Austin Rogers.
On April 9, 2019, professional gambler James Holzhauer broke Craig’s single-day record, surpassing it six more times during his own run; the record now stands at $131,127 as of April 17, 2019. Holzhauer, like Craig, relied on aggressive Daily Double and Final Jeopardy! wagers to amass his totals.
Holzhauer also surpassed Craig’s records for most earnings won in a player’s first five games and largest successful bet on a Daily Double.
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Roger Craig is an American game show contestant who held the record for highest single-day winnings on the quiz show Jeopardy! from September 14, 2010 (surpassing Ken Jennings) to April 23, 2019 (when James Holzhauer surpassed him with more than $112,000). His pieces of information about marriages, wife, and family are unknown but stay ready for the update soon
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Roger Craig (Jeopardy! contestant) Salary
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Roger Craig (Jeopardy! contestant) Tournament play
In 2011, Craig returned for the Tournament of Champions, which aired in November. In the quarter-final match, he had $200 shy of $40,000 going into Final Jeopardy! and won despite losing $20,200 after getting it wrong.
In the semi-final match, described as “a bloody, epic, inter-planetary death match… the Jeopardy! the equivalent of a title-unification fight”, Craig beat Joon Pahk and Mark Runsvold, the sixth and tenth regular-play all-time money winners on the show.
On the first night of the two-day finals, he became the first player in the history of the show to uncover two Daily Double items in succession, wager all of his money on both, and win both times.
When Craig hit the first of his back-to-back Daily Doubles, he wagered his entire pot of $9,000, and won when he correctly identified Anne Brontë as the author who wrote the 1847 book Agnes Grey under the pseudonym ‘Acton Bell’.
After switching categories and uncovering the second daily double, he wagered his entire pot of $18,000, winning when he correctly answered, “What is Suriname?” after being given the clue “Although Dutch is the official language, Sranan Tongo is spoken by most people in this South American country.” His $18,000 win was, at the time, the largest successful Daily Double wager in the show’s history.
Craig won the Tournament of Champions. In the finals, he defeated Buddy Wright and Tom Nissley (the latter being the show’s fourth highest all-time non-tournament money winner), to win the $250,000 tournament prize.
Craig returned for the Jeopardy! Battle of the Decades tournament on April 1, 2014, as part of the 2000s Week. Facing Vijay Balise (2010 Tournament of Champions winner) and Stephanie Jass, he defeated Balise by $1 and advanced to the quarterfinals.
He won in the quarterfinals on May 5, facing off against Robin Carroll (2000 Tournament of Champions winner) and Leszek Pawlowicz (1992 Tournament of Champions winner).
He defeated Pam Mueller and Colby Burnett in the semifinals and advanced to the finals where he placed third. Craig was hurt in the finals by two “true Daily Double” wagers, one on each day of the two-day final, in which he risked $10,200 and responded incorrectly both times.
Roger Craig (Jeopardy! contestant) Records
During his Jeopardy! appearances, Craig set the following records:
|Description||Set Record||Current record|
|Highest 5-game total on Jeopardy!, first 5 games (unadjusted)||$195,801||$298,687|
|Highest single-game total on Jeopardy!||$77,000 (September 14, 2010)||$131,127 (April 17th, 2019)|
|Largest true daily double bet (unadjusted)||$18,000 (November 14, 2011)||$18,000|
|Largest daily double bet (unadjusted)||$18,000 (November 14, 2011)||$25,000 (April 9th, 2019)|
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Jeopardy! is an American television game show created by Merv Griffin. The show features a quiz competition in which contestants are presented with general knowledge clues in the form of answers, and must phrase their responses in the form of questions.
The original daytime version debuted on NBC on March 30, 1964, and aired until January 3, 1975. A weekly nighttime syndicated edition aired from September 1974 to September 1975, and a revival, The All-New Jeopardy!, ran on NBC from October 1978 to March 1979. The current version, a daily syndicated show produced by Sony Pictures Television, premiered on September 10, 1984.
Both NBC versions and the weekly syndicated version were hosted by Art Fleming. Don Pardo served as announcer until 1975, and John Harlan announced for the 1978–1979 show. Since its inception, the daily syndicated version has featured Alex Trebek as host and Johnny Gilbert as an announcer.
With over 7,000 episodes aired, the daily syndicated version of Jeopardy! has won a record 33 Daytime Emmy Awards as well as a Peabody Award. In 2013, the program was ranked No. 45 on TV Guide’s list of the 60 greatest shows in American television history.
Jeopardy! has also gained a worldwide following with regional adaptations in many other countries. The daily syndicated series’ 35th season premiered on September 10, 2018.
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James Holzhauer, who is closing in on a million dollars of game-show winnings, is on track to become the most successful “Jeopardy!” contestant of all time. And he’s become such a dominant force that a historic run has come to seem, like television, boring.
Over the course of thirteen episodes and counting, Holzhauer’s methods and his mien have become deeply familiar. His success is owed in some large part both to landing Daily Double clues (more easily achieved if you have been getting questions right, as he tends to) and to wagering as aggressively as possible once he’s found them.
A professional gambler in his off-camera life, Holzhauer has by now become notorious for his gesture for wagering it all — pushing his hands forward as if shoving all his poker chips into the kitty. More often than not, he’s rewarded with an insurmountable lead early in the game.
He is simply a more advanced player, a perfect one, seemingly sent from the future to dominate the show, and his personality as a TV character is frustratingly difficult to know, even by the standards of the breezily quick thirty-minute game show. More than most contestants, he is there to complete a mission.
(His shout-outs to family and friends, written on each Final Jeopardy card, are the only real glimpses we get of the Holzhauer who existed before he took the “Jeopardy!” stage.)
Holzhauer’s run, which has included a record-setting single-night take of $131,127, has brought further attention to “Jeopardy!,” a show that is still a widely-viewed rating draw but one whose routine nature means that it only bubbles up in the conversation when something truly remarkable is happening on it.
(Holzhauer’s run, for instance, happens to coincide with a period in which many fans, casual and nightly viewers alike, are reflecting on their love of the show due to the announcement of Alex Trebek’s diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.) An element of Holzhauer’s strategy, skipping around the board from category to category,
recalls similarly-widely-discussed 2014 champion Arthur Chu, though his run was shorter and less lucrative; further back in the show’s history, there was the similarly dominant but far less high-rolling Ken Jennings, who tended to be more closely-placed with his competitors.
But there’s little to discuss here beyond the marvel of Holzhauer’s obvious intelligence, cool hand, and capacity for risk. After 13 episodes, the point seems made, somewhat.
This is not to say that there’s anything “Jeopardy!” can or should do — and one suspects mixed feelings, with the burst of positive attention around Holzhauer, countered by the fact that they are suddenly forking over quite such sums of money nightly.
But this run represents a bit of a producing challenge. If every episode is a blowout in which two of three contestants are basically never competitive, does that not grow uninteresting over time?
Holzhauer’s presence puts forward a question of sorts, about what “Jeopardy!” is and what it has become.
Every aspect of his play, obviously, is not merely within the rules but clearly the ideal use of them. Daily Doubles allow you to double your money, and he’s the only person daring enough to consistently risk it and smart enough to consistently get the questions right.
Final Jeopardy questions allow you to risk as much as you like, even when you’ve already won so much money that the game is not winnable for your opponents. But there is a “show” aspect to a game show that’s being underserved. Holzhauer’s run is a thrilling achievement and deadly dull television.
“Jeopardy!’s” inherent appeal is the story it tells of competition — comebacks, falls from the top, surprise reversals of fortune, all of which speak to the manner in which people respond under pressure.
A person who has basically no response to pressure thanks to his demeanor and his professional experience is either perfect casting for a show like this or, perhaps, a less-than-edifying companion through weeks and weeks of episodes that have lost a certain fundamental crisp interest.
A steady march that goes the same way each episode evokes not the heady cut-and-thrust of a game well played but the dreary awareness that a game show, just like all other aspects of life in the late 2010s, can be optimized.