Austin Rogers is kicking it on Jeopardy! and has also managed to capture the internet’s heart.
The New York bartender has won seven nights in a row earning more than $278,000 according to ABC 7. Other than being a genius on the show, he’s also known for his somewhat eccentric but endearing gestures.
Add that to his ability to answer questions correctly especially when betting huge sums of money has made Rogers a celebrity.
Al C. Junior on twitter commented “Austin Rogers eats up contestants, chews them up, & spits them out. Those who play against him are not worthy.”
The 38-year-old has a risky betting strategy and exerts confidence in unique ways. And this behavior is getting Rogers a social media following.
And if you are interested in following him here’s his twitter account.
Rogers revealed to Good Morning America that he wasn’t a genius but what he did was find an unknown type of code behind Jeopardy!.
“I found ways to watch hundreds upon hundreds of episodes and I sort of — I’m not gonna say there’s a system or a code, but if you watch enough you start seeing things repeat,” Austin Tyler Rogers
Whenever he gets an answer correct, he breaks into what he describes as “celebratory histrionics.”
He’s even got his own trending hashtag on Twitter, #AustinonJeopardy.
“He’s got hair, he’s got chutzpah. He’s got broad-based knowledge,” Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek says.
So how does he use that pattern or code to win games?
Example? “If it ever says ‘sculptor’ it’s probably going to be Auguste Rodin. If it ever says ‘American sculptor,’ it’ll probably be Alexander Calder. If it ever says ‘Romanian poet,’ it’ll be Eminescu.”
“I have no idea who Eminescu is, but I’ve seen that come up three times in episodes across the decades,” Roger says.
He says he gets excited learning new facts, but there was a time on the show he grasped for an unknown answer.
“If I don’t know something, I will go out of my way to try to find it out. And then once I find it, I will be like, ‘Yes! I learned something new!’ ” he continued. “That’s how I felt on the game itself when I pulled something out of thin air.”