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Posted: Saturday, April 9, 2011 1:15 am

An invitation to the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions is looking like a real possibility for Crawfordsville’s Christopher Short after he won for the sixth time Friday night.

The Tournament of Champions is aired annually in November and pits the top players from the year.

Friday’s victory put Short into an elite group. Since the show changed its rules in 2003 and allowed contestants to win more than five games, only 13 other players have won six games. Short’s name was added to that group after Friday’s victory, when he brought home $26,353.

“I was very excited about that,” Short said. “There have been a lot of players on the show but to become just the 14th player to ever win six games is quite an honor.”

The only bad thing about Friday’s win was it marked the fourth time in six games Short missed the Final Jeopardy answer.

“I have been pretty darn lucky to win six games and miss as many Final Jeopardy answers as I have,” he said. “Although in a game like this one it didn’t matter.”

Friday’s night’s game was by far Short’s most dominant. Heading into the final round, he had more than twice the amount of money as the next closest challenger.

“I wagered $47 because that is a lucky number for me,” Short said. “I still missed it so I ended up with a weird total.”

Friday’s win was his third over $20,000 during his six-day run. It was his second highest overall. Short won $27,600 in his fourth show. He also won more than $20,000 in his first episode when he started his winning ways with $21,600.

Short’s six-day total winnings of $94,752 is good for 50th place on the Jeopardy! all-time money leader board, according to the show’s website. On Monday Short will be going for win No. 7. If he wins $5,248 more, he will become just the 45th player in Jeopardy! history to earn more than $100,000.

Four of those $100,000 winners have come in this season, which is the 27th of the show.

Players this season who have earned more than Short are: Tom Nissley $235,405 (in eight wins); Roger Craig $234,200 (in six wins); Tom Kunzen $133,402 (in five wins); and Megan Barnes $103,203 (in three games).

Short said the selection to the Tournament of Champions is based on the number of games won. Money earned by contestants is used to break ties.

After Friday’s win Short was in third place trailing just Nissley and Craig (via tie-breaker). The Tournament of Champions will take the top 13 contestants and the winners from the College Tournament and the upcoming Teacher’s Tournament, which will be aired in May.

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