Jeopardy! contestant Cris Pannullo could be the next James Holzhauer. So far, he’s had an impressive run on the game show. Viewers think he could become the next super-champ. Some are already comparing him to the champ from Ocean City, New Jersey, who became a legend.
On Thursday’s broadcast of the game show, Cris ended up in the 2023 Tournament of Champions with his fifth consecutive win. So far, he has a six-day streak with a grand total of $162,080 in winnings on Friday. Fans have compared him to James, who walked away with $2,646,216 with 33 games in 2019. He played when the late Alex Trebek hosted the game show.
Is Cris Pannullo the next James Holzhauer?
On the Thursday, October 6 episode of Jeopardy!, Cris secured his next winning streak. Fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts. Some compared him to James, who also had an impressive run on the show. They noticed similarities between the two men and the way they play the game.
“So now that Cris swept the week, how far do we think he can go? Is he the first super champ of Season 39?” one user tweeted.
“Final Jeopardy was not going to take down this champ!” another added.
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) October 7, 2022
James Holzhauer ended up as the second-highest champ in the history of Jeopardy! He landed behind host Ken Jennings. Season 39 of the game show returned in September. Since then, fans have been watching some impressive and talented players. On Friday’s show, Cris mentioned what he plans to do with his winnings.
“In this economy, Ken, I’m just throwing it all under my mattress,” Cris joked. “The hard part is going to be getting it all flat so I’m not laying on a lumpy mattress, but with some time I’ll get it done.”
During Thursday’s broadcast, Cris shared that his girlfriend Heather encouraged him to join Jeopardy! She’s also helped coached him for each game. Cris gushed over his girlfriend, calling her a “wonderful coach and a wonderful partner and a wonderful human being.” Fans can’t help but gush over Cris and his winnings.
We officially have two qualifiers for next year's Tournament of Champions: Luigi de Guzman and Cris Pannullo.
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) October 8, 2022
Is Jeopardy! champ Ken Jennings jealous?
Jeopardy! fans can’t help but wonder if Ken Jennings is jealous of Cris. He mocked the player earlier this week. When Cris shared what he planned to do with his winnings, Ken made a joke at the expense of the player.
“If you’re thinking we send a briefcase of the twenties, let me disabuse you,” Ken winked.
Cris responded: “Ones or tens preferably.”
Ken laughed at his comeback. Ken and Cris took part in many awkward interactions throughout the game show. What are your thoughts on Cris’ winning streak? Sound off below in the comment section.
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