Forty-game Danger! champion Amy Schneider ended her winning streak tonight by losing to contender Ronne Talsme and taking home a total of $ 1,382,800.
Schneider’s series of 40 wins puts her in 2nd placeOnly Ken Jennings (74 wins) won the list. $ 1,382,800 Schneider is the fourth highest in the list of cash winnings for the entire regular season after Matt Amadio ($ 1,518,601), James Holzhauer ($ 2,462,216) and Jennings ($ 2,520,700).
In today’s episode, Schneider lost to Talsme, a Chicago librarian who took first place with $ 29,600 versus Schneider’s $ 19,600.
“I thought Ron would have a hard time getting into it,” Schneider said after the contest. “I enjoyed hanging out with him, we had a great conversation before the recording, but I could tell he was here to play and that he would be good. I was still very close to winning, but I felt like I might have slipped a little. And as soon as it became clear that he was quickly buzzing, I knew it was going to be a battle.
Schneider added: “It really was an honor. Knowing that I’m one of the most successful people in a game I’ve loved since childhood, and knowing that I’m now part of her story, I just don’t know how to handle it. ”
Talsma has achieved a key daily take at the end of today’s Double Jeopardy! round and answered correctly. Heading to Final Jeopardy !, Schneider led with $ 27,600, while Talsma had $ 17,600, but Final Jeopardy! Talsma answered correctly, and Schneider could not think of an answer.
Schneider will return to the Champions Tournament this fall. Talsma will meet with two new contenders for the show on Thursday.
“I’m still shocked,” Talsma said. “This is my favorite show… I was so excited to be here and I just wanted to do my best. I didn’t expect to face a 40-day champion and I was excited to see someone else kill the giant. I just didn’t think it would be me, so I’m thrilled. “