When you watch Jeopardy, you probably have an idea of each contestant. They're extremely intelligent, put-together, and calm. This is serious business for them, unless you're watching the teen tournament.
But every once in a while, a contestant graces the Jeopardy podium who steals everyone's hearts. There was Ken Jennings, who many believe purposely answered a question wrong to end his 74-game winning streak. Jennings won $2.5 million, which is way more than an average contestant. There was also Susan Cole, who was totally shut down by Trebek when he called her a 'loser' for liking nerdcore hip-hop.
Now, there's Austin Rogers, a New York City bartender, who has racked up $306,900 in winnings over the course of 8 days. Not too shabby! Everyone is loving Rogers for his quirky attitude and his ridiculously cute mimes when he's introduced (and when he gets an answer right!)
"They're completely off the cuff," Rogers said of such moments. "While you're up there, before the camera pans over to you, you forget that, 'Oh no, I've got 11 seconds.' I forgot every single time."
"He's got hair; he's got chutzpah. He's got broad-based knowledge," Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek says.
Rogers has a pretty decent strategy on how to win, and it sounds solid.
"I'm not going to say that there's a system or a code, but if you watch enough, you'll start seeing things repeat," he says. "If it ever says 'sculptor' it's probably going to be Auguste Rodin. If it ever says 'American sculptor,' it'll probably be Alexander Calder. If it ever says 'Romanian poet,' it'll be Eminescu. "I have no idea who Eminescu is, but I've seen that come up three times in episodes across the decades."
Trebek asked Rogers where he got all this knowledge, and the answer was easy.
"Genetics. Luck. Karma."
Of course, people are loving Austin and his non-stereotypical style.
There are two types of people in this world: people that like #austinonjeopardy and people that don't matter.— Jay Bennett (@JayBennay) September 29, 2017
But as with anything, there are some haters.
Am I the only one watching #austinonjeopardy and getting the profound feeling of "hipster douchebag"?— MoistLove (@chetjordan2002) October 3, 2017
"It's been overwhelmingly positive," Rogers told The Wrap of the response. "I take the Haterade with a grain of salt."
Even when Rogers is wrong, he still manages to steal the show.
As for his plans with the winnings, it's pretty simple.
"I am going to be incredibly judicious," he said. "You hear all these terror stories of lottery winners bankrupt within years, blah blah blah blah blah. I have to pay my taxes, and therefore I am not touching a single dime of the money until all of my tax obligations are fulfilled. Unlike most other contestants, I have zero encumbrances. I do not have a mortgage. I do not have a kid. I do not have college debt. I do not have car payments. I do not have grandma in the hospital. This is just literal free money for me."
Sounds like a pretty sweet deal, to me!
You can watch the highlights from Rogers' streak here.