New York bartender Austin Rogers is gaining a rabid online fan base after a week-long winning streak on Jeopardy! Rogers, who has won a total of $278,300 so far, is known for his confidence, hand gestures, big wagers, and general quirkiness. On Twitter, there’s a hashtag for him, #austinonjeopardy, which the contestant himself uses when talking about the show.
In the bio of his personal Twitter profile, Rogers jokingly takes credit for things he did not create: “MC. Writer of Black and Yellow. Owner/Executive Chef, Nobu. Architect of Falling Water and Burj Khalifa.”
This is the style of humor that has made the internet both love and hate him.
His popularity is fueled by GIFs and memes of his moments on Jeopardy!
His fans are enthusiastic.
There are two types of people in this world: people that like #austinonjeopardy and people that don’t matter.— Jay Bennett (@JayBennay) September 29, 2017
But there are others who dislike Rogers.
I bet Austin on #jeopardy was an exhausting child to raise.— Harmony Lloyd (@harmonymist) October 3, 2017
Some people called him racist and referenced a joke he made about the Dalai Lama.
made a shitty joke that the Dalai Lama ordered "kong pow chicken" at his restaurant— your ol pal kate (@katewitko) September 26, 2017
JEOPARDY: current champ Austin is smart, a ballsy gambler, but also obnoxious and casually racist. the duality of man!!— Davis. (@realdaveimboden) October 3, 2017
Others called him a hipster, and Rogers responded to the accusation. Apparently, he is not a hipster.
I am most definitely not a hipster.— Austin Tyler Rogers (@austintylerro) October 3, 2017
He also doesn’t make fancy cocktails. “I’m a bartender,” he told one fan. “Not a mixologist.”
I'm a bartender. Not a mixologist. I'll get you a Guinness and a Tully and that's about the extent of my skill set.— Austin Tyler Rogers (@austintylerro) September 30, 2017
And he doesn’t care if you hate him.
Agreed. Schmuck.— Austin Tyler Rogers (@austintylerro) October 5, 2017
I drink your tears.— Austin Tyler Rogers (@austintylerro) October 5, 2017
Whether you think he’s brilliant or annoying, Rogers is still winning a good chunk of change from knowing a lot of random facts.