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5-time Champion Rule
S1~5
Unlimited Champion Rule

Season 1[]

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Elise Beraru October 1~5, 1984 $47,350 First-ever 5-day champ of Trebek era.
Set a 1-day record of $23,800 during 3rd playing on October 3, 1984.
John Genova November 7~13, 1984 $50,595 First 5-time champion to win at least $50,000 overall.
Earliest 5-time champ to compete in the Ultimate Tournament of Champions in 2005.
First-ever male 5-day champ of Trebek era.
Ric Moser December 7~13, 1984 $39,200
Larry Floyd December 17~21, 1984 $35,800
Jerry Frankel December 24~28, 1984 $32,650 Won the first Tournament of Champions as first Tournament of champions winner in 1985.

First Tournament of champions winner in the Alex Trebek era
Died of AIDS at age 34 on July 14, 1987.

Liz Caccese December 31, 1984~January 4, 1985 $34,500
Paul Boymel January 18~24, 1985 $56,200 Fourth playing has co-champion.
First 5-time champion to win one game as co-champion.
Died at age 67 on July 30, 2014.
Paul Croshier January 25~31, 1985 $36,500 Other Shows:
Won $31,400 over six matches with his sister Margie on Blockbusters in February 1982.
John Hnat February 11~15, 1985 $37,100 Second game has single-player Final Jeopardy.
Bruce Fauman February 28~March 6, 1985 $43,398 Died at age 59 on December 2, 2002.
Paula Tupper March 15~21, 1985 $34,298
Steve Rogitz March 22~28, 1985 $31,399 Other Shows:
Played on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? in August 1999, but never made it past Fastest Finger.
Michael "Mike" Day April 9~15, 1985 $53,500 Fourth game has single-player Final Jeopardy!
Utilized a strategy of continually jiggling the signaling button in order to ring in first on virtually every clue, which directly led to the signaling device lockout system being added at the start of Season 2.
Ron Black April 30-May 6, 1985 $47,401
Nathan Walpow May 24~30, 1985 $38,900 Other Shows:
Appeared on the M'ama Non M'ama "Man's Pilot" (also hosted by Alex Trebek), taped December 7, 1984.
Appeared on Merv Griffin's Crosswords in 2007.

Season 2[]

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Jay Rosenberg September 13~19, 1985 $49,600 Died at age 65 on February 21, 2008.
Chuck Forrest September 30~October 4, 1985 $72,800 Set a new winnings record after winning 5 games.
1986 Tournament of champions winner.
Co-author of Secrets of the Jeopardy Champions with Mark Lowenthal.
Paul Rouffa February 4~10, 1986 $46,100 Alternate for the 10th Anniversary Tournament.
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Won $30,000 over five days on Scrabble in December 1987.
Appeared on Now You See It in June 1989.
Won $1,000 on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? on April 13, 2015.
Barbara Lowe March 6~12, 1986 ~$50,000 Declared ineligible due to competing under a false identity and competing on another game show in the probationary period and was not invited to the Tournament of Champions. Then-producer Harry Eisenberg's book Jeopardy!: A Revealing Look Inside TV's Top Quiz Show noted that she "got her 50 grand" following an attempted lawsuit.
Her episodes have never been reaired, and only a clip of her second Final Jeopardy is known to circulate.
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Won over $50,000 on Bullseye, the show's all-time biggest winner.
Won $32,000 (as Barbara Vollick) on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? in early 2003.
Donald Burgo April 7~11, 1986 $26,180 Fourth playing has co-champ.
Gary Giardina June 2~6, 1986 $32,330

Season 3[]

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Dave Traini October 10~16, 1986 $54,502 First person to defeat Chuck Forrest, during the Super Jeopardy! quarterfinals on August 11, 1990.
Frank Hughes December 17~23, 1986 $30,900
Keith Bell January 2~8, 1987 $41,952 2nd playing has co-champ.
Keith Walker March 5~11, 1987 $40,700
John Ryan March 12~18, 1987 $61,800 1st playing has co-champ.
John Podhoretz March 19~25, 1987 $45,200
Richard Cordray April 21~27, 1987 $40,303 Appointed by President Obama as the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2012.
Played in Battle of the Decades but declined $5,000 prize due to federal employment.
Eugene Finerman June 1~5, 1987 $57,902 First person to defeat Frank Spangenberg, during the Super Jeopardy! quarterfinals on June 23, 1990.
Bob Verini June 18~24, 1987 $46,802 1987 Tournament of champions winner.

Season 4[]

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Roy Holliday September 21~25, 1987 $57,200
Richard Perez-Pena October 7~13, 1987 $40,300
Sandra Gore December 8~14, 1987 $53,507 First female finalist in the Tournament of Champions.
Leah Greenwald January 11~15, 1988 $58,802
Barbara-Anne Eddy February 1~5, 1988 $52,000 Fourth playing has co-champ.
First female 5-time champion to win one game as co-champ.
Other Shows:
Won $128,000 on The $128,000 Question (also hosted by Alex Trebek) in 1978, on the last episode of the series.
Steven Popper March 28~April 1, 1988 $55,600
Mark Lowenthal May 4~10, 1988 $49,901 1988 Tournament of champions winner.
Co-author of Secrets of the Jeopardy Champions with Chuck Forrest.
5-game run interrupted by the 1988 Seniors Tournament.
Michael Rankins June 3~9, 1988 $52,098 Won $162,500 on The Chase (USA) on January 28, 2021, with 2013 College Championship semi-finalist Daniel Donohue, facing James Holzhauer as their chaser.
Bruce Naegeli July 14~20, 1988 $64,200 Passed away on June 9, 2009, at the age of 65.

Season 5[]

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Mark McDermott December 7~13, 1988 $42,880 Other Shows:
Won $32,000 on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? on January 13, 2000. First player of the US version to lose on the $500,000 question.
Jeff Richmond December 23~29, 1988 $58,302 Other Shows:
Won $100,000 on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire on 2016-12-15 and 2016-12-16.
He is the only player to have played in 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-player Final Jeopardy! Rounds.
Cigus Vanni December 30, 1988~January 5, 1989 $40,400 Won $4,000 on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
Brian Wangsgard January 20~26, 1989 $62,398
Cathy Boggs June 16~22, 1989 $43,200
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