Danger!‘s Tournament of Champions (TOC) has officially crowned a winner after six games when Amy Schneider received top honors on Monday 21st November’s broadcast.
The Oakland, California writer beat out competitors Andrew He and Sam Buttrey after intense intellectual competition. Schneider became the first of three competitors to win three finals games, earning her the $250,000 grand prize. Meanwhile, He, a software developer from San Francisco, took second place with $100,000, and Buttrey, a professor of operations research at the Naval Postgraduate School of Pacific Grove, Calif., took third place with $50,000.
“I feel great,” said Schneider after her victory. “At the beginning of the final I had this sudden moment where I saw myself and I was like, ‘I’m on stage in the final of the Tournament of Champions,’ and it was crazy. And I won! It is a good feeling.”
Despite not finding daily doubles in the final game, Schneider still emerged victorious against Buttrey, who found all three but fell behind Schnieder and He when he was in Final Jeopardy! At the start of this round of competition, Schneider led by $15,600, just behind her by $14,200 and Buttrey by $8,000.
The Last Danger! The reference came from a category entitled “Plays” with the reference “The Washington Evening Star of January 12, 1864 reported a performance of this ‘dashing comedy’ to ‘a full and delighted house'”. Ultimately, the correct answer was, “What is ‘Our American Cousin’?”
Buttrey went all out and didn’t get the right answer, which automatically eliminated him from the race. Meanwhile, Schneider and He have both answered correctly. In the end, He’s $2,801 bet brought his final total to $17,001, but it wasn’t enough to beat Schneider, whose $13,000 bet brought her final total to $28,600.
The TOC served as a rematch for Schneider and He, who previously met in Season 38 when she ended He’s five-game streak and then went on an historic 40-game run of her own. The impressive run during a regular season put Schneider in second place behind Ken Jennings for all-time players.
“I wanted both [compete against him] and was afraid to face him again,” Schneider said of facing He. “I knew he was one of the top competitors in the field. He was definitely someone I knew could hit me because he’d almost done it before and he did it a few times here too. All three of us could have really won if a few things had gone differently. I’m glad we got a really fair chance to test our skills against each other and I’d love to play him again one day, sort of.”
Along with her remarkable Danger! Gameplay makes Schneider history as the show’s first openly transgender contestant, which he competes in and wins Danger!‘s Tournament of Champions. “I’m going to keep going out there and being myself,” she said. “Being in places that people like me have never been is a very powerful thing.”
Schneider’s win serves to cap the historic run of season 38, in which she starred alongside speedsters like Matt Amodio and Mattea Roach. The fantastic gameplay will certainly not be forgotten in a hurry. In the meantime, viewers can look forward to the show’s return to normal gameplay as Season 39 of Danger! continues.
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