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‘Jeopardy!’ Champion Goes Viral With Quirky Style, Big Bets

Austin Rogers is not your standard Jeopardy! champion.

Sure, he’s got smarts — responding rapid-fire trivia in a form of a doubt to a balance of $278,000 in winnings.

But Rogers, a New York City bartender, has also got copiousness of aptitude (not to discuss hair!). His nonsensical competitor intro segments are distant from a unbending poise and ungainly grin that have turn a buttress of America’s Favorite Quiz Show. In one, he pretends to be articulate on a phone; in another, he shifts to form and mimes opening a bottle.

Whenever he gets an answer correct, he breaks into what he describes as “celebratory histrionics.”

And to tip it all off, he bets big!

Some contend he’s a best thing to occur to a diversion uncover given IBM’s Watson trounced a tellurian Jeopardy! opponents 6 years ago. Rogers has even spawned his possess trending hashtag, #austinonjeopardy.

“He’s got hair; he’s got chutzpah. He’s got broad-based knowledge,” Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek says.

Elsewhere, Rogers has been described as a cranky between actor Zach Galifianakis and Martin Prince, a teacher’s pet impression from The Simpsons.

Shorn of his signature mop-top, Rogers told ABC’s Good Morning America on Thursday that he doesn’t possess a radio though nonetheless found ways to watch “hundreds on hundreds of episodes” of a diversion uncover in credentials for his initial appearance.

“I’m not going to contend that there’s a complement or a code, though if we watch enough, you’ll start saying things repeat,” he says.

Example? “If it ever says ‘sculptor’ it’s substantially going to be Auguste Rodin. If it ever says ‘American sculptor,’ it’ll substantially be Alexander Calder. If it ever says ‘Romanian poet,’ it’ll be Eminescu.”

“I have no thought who Eminescu is, though I’ve seen that come adult 3 times in episodes opposite a decades,” he says.

Asked by Trebek how he got to be so smart, Rogers replies drolly: “Genetics. Luck. Karma.”

What about school? “School? Nah!” he scoffs with a call of a hand.