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Bob Verini

Date of First Appearance:
June 1987

Total Winnings:
$246,802 (includes original 5 shows; '87 ToC; Super Jeopardy! '90, 2nd place; Million Dollar Masters '02, 3rd place).

Records Held:
5-time champ; if I am not mistaken I am #2 to Ken J. on the list of all-time number of games played.

Favorite Anecdotes:
Nothing topped betting everything on a Daily Double in the Million Dollar Masters tournament, getting it wrong, and having 5,000 spectators in Radio City Music Hall chanting my name. My one moment of feeling like a rock star! Next to that I'd have to place the compliments and recognition from New York theater celebrities who are fans of the show: an invitation to audit the late Uta Hagen's acting classes; an evening of watching Jeopardy! backstage with Jim Dale and the cast of Me and My Girl; having the distinguished British actor Paxton Whitehead approach me with a mellow, "Oh, I know who you are."

Affect on my life:
Few things in life are as attention-getting as Jeopardy! success. Instant credibility in all sorts of intellectual discussions and party games (just try getting into a session of Trivial Pursuit or Cranium). Great source of personal pride ever after. And for years afterward--in my case, decades--there will always be people who recognize you. Not just think they know you, but know your name and remember your appearances. A testament to how Jeopardy! resides in people's brains, hearts, souls.

Did you do anything crazy with your winnings?
I ran a theater company in New York City for 10 years with Jeopardy! as seed money. By any reckoning, that's crazy. (But wonderful.)

Anything else you would like the viewers to know about you?
I'm pretty transparent. What you see is--I hope--someone who loves to play the game, right or wrong, win or lose. And that's what you get when I'm on. Playing Jeopardy! is the most fun I've ever had. Doing anything. And that's the truth.

2014 Battle of the Decades invitee: $5,000.
2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Nifty Nine (players with byes into Round 2) member: $25,000.
2002 Million Dollar Masters tournament 2nd runner-up: $50,000.
1990 Super Jeopardy! 1st runner-up: $50,000.
1987 Tournament of Champions winner: $100,000.
Season 3 5-time champion: $46,802.

Bob appeared on The $50,000 Pyramid in 1981 and was a finalist in one of their $50,000 tournaments.

Bob appeared in the following archived game:
#4767, aired 2005-05-03 Bob Verini vs. Tad Carithers vs. John Cuthbertson 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 2, game 15.
Bob previously appeared on Jeopardy! as Bob Verini in the following 4 archived games:
#4087, aired 2002-05-14 Brad Rutter vs. Eric Newhouse vs. Bob Verini 2002 Million Dollar Masters final game 2.
#4086, aired 2002-05-13 Brad Rutter vs. Eric Newhouse vs. Bob Verini 2002 Million Dollar Masters final game 1.
#4085, aired 2002-05-10 Chuck Forrest vs. Bob Verini vs. Claudia Perry 2002 Million Dollar Masters semifinal game 3.
#4081, aired 2002-05-06 Leslie Shannon vs. Eddie Timanus vs. Bob Verini 2002 Million Dollar Masters quarterfinal game 4.
Bob would later appear on Jeopardy! as Bob Verini in the following archived game:
#6770, aired 2014-02-07 Tom Cubbage vs. Jerome Vered vs. Bob Verini Battle of the Decades: The 1980s game 5.

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