“When you’ve done what Arthur has done,” Alex Trebek said in the beginning of the game on February 28, “won 8 games in a row and the amount of money he’s won, you are no longer known as just a Jeopardy! champion, you become a statistic. He is now No. 3 in cash winnings among our champions in regular games. He trails only two players, one who won 19 games, and then of course Ken Jennings, who won 74.” (Dave Madden can’t get a name mention?)
Arthur went on to win that game for a ninth win, which also put him in the elite company of only two other players who have managed that feat: Jason Keller ($213,900) and Dan Pawson ($170,902). Arthur had a ways to go to catch up to Dave Madden in number of games, but he returned on 3/10/14 and won his 10th game, putting him on a tier of his own. Arthur’s run ended on 3/12/14. His total winnings are $297,200. Dave Madden’s record is $430,400.
Here is a table with quick statistics on Arthur’s 11 wins and his final game:
|No||Date||Winnings||FJ Bet||Bet to Tie||Daily Double 1||Daily Double 2||Daily Double 3|
|6||2/25/14||$34,500 (R)||+5,000||+6,000 (TDD)||+5,000||-5,000|
|7||2/26/14||$22,000 (R)||-600||N/A||+8,200 (TDD)||-7,000|
|8||2/27/14||$58,200 (R)||+14,000||+5,400 (TDD)||+5,000||+10,000|
|10||3/10/14||$16,200 (R)||-2,000||-3,200 (TDD)||-4,000||+3,000|
|11||3/11/14||$20,000 (R)||+3,000||+2,000 (TDD)||+4,000||+3,000|
That (R) after the winnings means he already had a runaway going into Final Jeopardy! Three of the games where he wagered to tie with second place didn’t work out: in the first game, 2nd place got FJ wrong; on Jan 31st, both Arthur and 2nd place both got FJ! wrong, but he retained more money. In Game 9, 2nd place failed to wager everything. In his last game, Arthur finished last and got the third place prize of $1,000.