The three best Jeopardy! players of all time revealed their winning strategies on Good Morning America recently, the guests speaking about an upcoming series of episodes that will pit the best trivia contestants against each other.
The overall winner of these high-level Jeopardy! episodes will score the coveted title of best of all time, as well as $1 million. The two runners-up will each receive $250,000 to add to their career game show winnings.
On the morning talk show, Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter, and James Holzhauer revealed the different things each did in order to try and understand the strategies of their opponents. The three Jeopardy! champions will go head-to-head in a series of three episodes which will air beginning Tuesday, January 7.
“Similar to football, you can go back and look at the tape of the other competitors and see what their strengths and weaknesses are,” explained Brad, who has earned $4.69 million by playing Jeopardy! That figure represents the highest overall winnings for a single contestant in the show’s history, per ABC News.
“I’m used to being the fastest person on ‘Jeopardy!’ and then I play Brad, I play James, or, God forbid, I have to play both at once, and suddenly I’m like, ‘Wait, I feel like a regular person out here,'” Ken stated. During his original stint on the show, Ken broke records with his 74-game winning streak.
James told Good Morning America that he won his $2.4 million in just 32 games, doing so by filing away random bits of information. He said he never knows when any small tidbit could be useful.
Brad also revealed, per ABC News, that players cannot study to be on Jeopardy! Preparing for an appearance on the series — hosted by longtime host Alex Trebek — is less a factor than being a naturally curious person, one having the mental fortitude to keep a breadth of information at hand.
All three contestants noted on GMA that the questions will be harder for this competition. Brad stated that the questions have been “stepped up a notch” for the highly anticipated match-up between the three champions.
The men also wore purple ribbons during their morning show appearance, doing so in support of Trebek, who is battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Fans appear to be ready to watch the battle. Many viewers took to the comments section of a promotional clip posted to the Jeopardy! Instagram account in order to express their excitement for the epic matchup.
The majority of the comments appear to favor James as the ultimate winner of competition, however, Brad and Ken have their supporters as well. Other fans expressed their excitement over the opportunity to watch three superb players battle against one another.
Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time begins Tuesday night at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.