A grad student originally from La Grange, Illinois...

Matt Kohlstedt

My name's Matt Kohlstedt, I'm from La Grange, Illinois.

Are you more or less nervous this time?
I think I am actually a little bit less nervous this time. Um, although, we've got a new set, so it's a little bit, uh, different, but I feel like, um, I've already to an extent accomplished something, so I can, uh, sort of just play loose and--and try and have as much fun as I can.

How did you react when you were invited to the tournament?
Well, I was actually still filming the shows, so I wa--had arrived for the second day of filming, and they, uh, told me before we started that day that I was going to be in the tournament, so I was shocked and elated and I was in a room full of people who I had never met before, so I was--um, just trying to stay calm, um, knowing that I still had to do those shows for the--for the rest of the day.

How did you celebrate your original run on Jeopardy!?
Immediately after my first appearance, I uh, to celebrate, I just went out to dinner with a couple of friends, and called my family, let them know how things went. And I actually then got on a--a redeye flight back to Washington, D.C. and went to work the next morning. And so, uh, I didn't really tell anyone, and was trying to just sort of remain low-key while, uh, while in my head, I guess I had this sort of big news that I wanted to share, but couldn't really, I guess.

Will playing Jeopardy! in Las Vegas affect your wagering?
I think being in Las Vegas could very well affect how I end up wagering for some of the Daily Doubles and--and Final Jeopardy! There's--being--being near the casinos, being around all this gambling--there's that, uh, temptation to double down, I think, but, um, I've sort of been able to watch other people's shows, and I think I have a sense of who wagers big, and--and, uh, who sort of is a little bit more conservative, so I might have to take that into account depending on which game I'm in.

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2009 Tournament of Champions wildcard semifinalist: $10,000.
Season 25 5-time champion: $77,803 + $2,000.

Matt appeared in the following 2 archived games:
#5653, aired 2009-03-18 Dan Pawson vs. Matt Kohlstedt vs. Donna Vogel 2009 Tournament of Champions semifinal game 1. From Las Vegas.
#5649, aired 2009-03-12 Larissa Kelly vs. Matt Kohlstedt vs. Tom Morris 2009 Tournament of Champions quarterfinal game 2. From Las Vegas.
Matt previously appeared on Jeopardy! as Matt Kohlstedt in the following 6 archived games:
#5616, aired 2009-01-26 Matt Kohlstedt vs. Keith Costigan vs. Melinda Hautala Matt Kohlstedt game 6.
#5615, aired 2009-01-23 Matt Kohlstedt vs. Rachel Kain vs. Quinn Conway Matt Kohlstedt game 5.
#5614, aired 2009-01-22 Matt Kohlstedt vs. Luis Rom├ín vs. Chris Schleicher Matt Kohlstedt game 4.
#5613, aired 2009-01-21 Matt Kohlstedt vs. Trevor Janes vs. Lynne McKenna Frazier Matt Kohlstedt game 3.
#5612, aired 2009-01-20 Matt Kohlstedt vs. Jerry Pyzansky vs. Rebecca Wilkinson Matt Kohlstedt game 2.
#5611, aired 2009-01-19 Michele Lee Amundsen vs. Lori Karman vs. Matt Kohlstedt Matt Kohlstedt game 1. First game in which reigning champion...

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