Jeopardy phenom James Holzhauer may have lost back in June, but the Las Vegas native isn’t done with the quiz show quite yet. Today, Jeopardy announced that Holzhauer will compete alongside 14 other contestants in the 2019 Tournament of Champions, which will air every weeknight from November 4-15. But the professional sports gambler isn’t the only big name competing in the Jeopardy Tournament of Champions: Emma Boettcher, the contestant who ended Holzhauer’s historic 32-game streak, College Champion Dhruv Gaur, and Teachers Champion Francois Barcomb will all be competing for the $250,000 grand prize, along with a host of other popular contestants.
Jeopardy‘s 2019 tournament features the 15 players who have won the most games since the last Tournament of Champions, in November 2017, as well as the winner of the College and Teachers Tournaments. Leading the pack is Holzhauer, who amassed a cash total of $2,462,216 during his 32-game win streak from April to June 2018. Behind him are Season 34 contestants Josh Hill and Ryan Fenster, who won $163,721 and $156,497, respectively (they each won seven games). They are joined by other successful contestants from the past two seasons, including Anneke Garcia ($104,497 in four games), Rachel Lindgren ($75,999 in five games), and, of course, Boettcher, the Chicago librarian who amassed $97,002 during her three-game win streak.
The Tournament of Champions announcement came during a special edition of the Jeopardy Insider series. After host Jimmy McGuire revealed the top 14 contestants, he gave a brief explanation regarding the final slot. “In a season that has presented some of the highest payouts and most dominating gameplay in recent memory, there was one possible rematch that could happen,” teased McGuire. “That’s why the fifteenth spot in this Tournament of Champions goes to a three-game winner from Chicago, Illinois, Emma Boettcher.” Boettcher is well-deserving of the final spot, but we’d love to see record-holder Ken Jennings go up against Holzhauer once and for all.
The 2019 Jeopardy Tournament of Champions airs every weeknight from November 4-15. It’s on!
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