Secret Stuff: Trivia on Trivia
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Ever wonder what would happen if some
of the greatest players from Jeopardy squared off
against their counterparts from Millionaire? And
Twenty-One? And Ben Stein?
On August 16, at Game Show Congress 2004 in "beautiful
downtown Burbank," some of the greatest players in game show
history met for the first time in the first annual
Olmstead's $2.16 million on Millionaire is a
game show record, and he was a two-day Jeopardy
- Ed Toutant's $1.8 million on
Millionaire makes him #2, and he also won a game on
- David Legler is #3 in game show
history, thanks to his run on Twenty-One.
- Jerome Vered held the one-day
record for Jeopardy winnings for 10 years, until
they doubled the money.
- Leszek Pawlowicz was once
called the "Michael Jordan of game shows" and is widely
considered one of the greatest players Jeopardy
- Ben Tritle was a five-time
Jeopardy champion, a Twenty-One player and
now works for Street Smarts.
- Bob Harris was a five-time
Jeopardy champion as well, and appeared on the
Million-Dollar Masters tournament
- A rotating "eighth chair" was shared by such players
as Dan Avila, Jason Bloch and
Matt Ottinger, each of whom
is formidable in their own right.
The game lasted an hour and was hosted by
Paul Paquet, your quizmaster here
at Trivia Hall of Fame.com (TM), using questions from the
database he sells to clients.
So who won?
left to right: David Legler,
Ed Toutant, Jerome Vered,
Paul Paquet, Dan Avila,
Pawlowicz, Bob Harris,
Ed got off to a quick start, but soon he and Leszek were
up battling it, with the lead changing hands several times.
Bob and Kevin put up a tough fight, too, with Bob providing
many of the evening's best moments. In the end, Ed pulled
out a last-minute win, beating back a surging Leszek. Ed is
already keen to defend his title next year, hopefully
against a certain Utah computer programmer.
For SmartyPants 2005, the format was
Jeopardy vs Millionaire with Ed Toutant, Kevin
Olmstead and Tim Hsieh vs Steve Chernicoff, Bob Harris and
Jerome Vered. Bob stomped into an early lead and was a crowd
favourite with his hilarious answers. But in the end, Ed
snuck up on him, winning 35-32. Also this year, more
audience members got to take part, for their chance to test
their wits against game show greats.