Brad Rutter

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Bradford Gates "Brad" Rutter (born January 31, 1978) is the highest winner on the American television game show Jeopardy!, and the second-highest winner on a game show.

Rutter became a five-time champion on Jeopardy! in 2000. He later won three tournaments: the Tournament of Champions in 2001,[1] the Million Dollar Masters tournament in 2002,[2] and the Jeopardy! Ultimate Tournament of Champions in 2005.[3] His win in the Ultimate Tournament of Champions made him the highest winner on a game show. This was later beaten by Ken Jennings in 2007 when Jennings won $500,000 on Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?.

In February 2011, Rutter played against Jennings and an artificial intelligence computer called Watson.[4] Rutter came in third place, losing to Watson. He won $200,000 for placing in third place.

In addition to Jeopardy!, Rutter also appeared on the game show 1 vs. 100 as part of the show's "mob." He played four times: on December 1, 2006, December 8, 2006, December 15, 2006, and February 9, 2007. In 2007, he appeared on the game show Grand Slam. He lost to Who Wants to Be a Millionaire contestant Ogi Ogas in the second round. In 2011, he appeared as part of a six-person team on the game show Million Dollar Mind Game. His team won $600,000.

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  1. Cindy Stauffer. "Manheim Twp. man back in 'Jeopardy!' in Million Dollar Masters Tournament". Lancaster New Era. May 1, 2002. B4
  2. Bill Toland. "A: He beat the best. Q: Who is Brad Rutter?" Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette. May 27, 2005. A1.
  3. Alfred Lubrano (June 12, 2005). "Quiz-show whiz has stopped coasting". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2010-10-09. The 27-year-old Johns Hopkins University dropout and former record-store worker beat quiz-show legend Ken Jennings on Jeopardy! Ultimate Tournament of Champions on May 25, winning $2 million. Add that to the Jeopardy! booty he has scored since he first played the game in 2000, and his total is $3,255,102, making Rutter the biggest TV game-show winner in history, according to the show's people.
  4. Markoff, John (2010-12-16). "On 'Jeopardy,' Watson's a Natural". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-12-16.

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