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#26~30

Season 32 (November 9~20, 2015, #26)[]

Contestants[]

Rank Season Name Wins TW Results WC
T 31 Jennifer Giles A $100,000
1 32 Matt Jackson ($ S32) 13 $411,612
2 31 Greg Seroka ($ S31) 7 $180,401
3 Alex Jacob 6 $149,802
4 Kerry Greene $146,598
5 Dan Feitel 5 $127,998 Wild Card.png
6 Brennan Bushee $126,404
7 Scott Lord $108,002
8 John Schultz $104,500 Wild Card.png
9 Vaughn Winchell $103,103 Wild Card.png
10 Andrew Haringer $96,599 Wild Card.png
11 Kristin Sausville $94,201
12 Catherine Hardee 4 $95,201
13 Elliot Yates $65,000
14 Michael Bilow 3 $96,000

Game Summary[]

Game Air Date Name Score Name Score Name Score Detail
QF #1 November 9, 2015 Dan Feitel $14,000 Vaughn Winchell $16,599 Catherine Hardee $17,600 #
QF #2 November 10, 2015 Greg Seroka $11,500 Brennan Bushee $18,000 Kristin Sausville $12,800 #
QF #3 November 11, 2015 Matt Jackson $24,898 John Schultz $15,000 Jennifer Giles $3,800 #
QF #4 November 12, 2015 Kerry Greene $22,000 Andrew Haringer $19,400 Elliot Yates $7,200 #
QF #5 November 13, 2015 Alex Jacob $26,657 (↑) Scott Lord $6,200 Michael Bilow $0 #
SF #1 November 16, 2015 Kerry Greene $12,800 John Schultz $6,100 Dan Feitel $3,199 #
SF #2 November 17, 2015 Alex Jacob $28,200 (↑) Brennan Bushee $5,600 Vaughn Winchell $0 #
SF #3 November 18, 2015 Matt Jackson $28,400 (↑) Andrew Haringer $7,999 Catherine Hardee $6,400 #
Final November 19, 2015 Matt Jackson $3,000 Alex Jacob $29,600 Kerry Greene $3,400 #
November 20, 2015 $7,200 $18,700 $4,700 #
Total $10,200 $48,300 (↑) $8,100

Note[]

  • First ToC with tiebreaker rule in place.
  • After S29, it is the second season in history that three players who competed in regular games have earned the right to advance to the ToC in a row (Vaughn → Elliot → John).
  • Michael is first 3-time champion in ToC participant since S24 player Nick Swezey and Doug Hicton. It is also the last case among the 3-time champions to advance to the ToC on their own.
  • Catherine is last participant in ToC to win one game as co-champion.
  • With Alex winning, the ToC winner broke the jinx that the last regular game was unconditionally 3rd.

Season 34 (November 6~17, 2017, #27)[]

Contestants[]

Rank Season Name Wins TW Results WC
C 32 Sam Deutsch A $100,000
T Jason Sterlacci
C 33 Lilly Chin Wild Card.png
T David Clemmons
1 34 Austin Rogers ($ S34) 12 $411,000 Wild Card.png
2 33 Seth Wilson ($ S33) $265,002
3 32 Buzzy Cohen 9 $164,603
4 33 Tim Aten 7 $107,499 Wild Card.png
5 32 Andrew Pau 6 $170,202
6 Hunter Appler $145,603
7 33 Lisa Schlitt $139,100
8 32 Pranjal Vachaspati $137,088 Wild Card.png
9 33 Alan Lin $123,600
10 Justin Vossler 5 $110,000
11 Jon Eisenman $103,902

Game Summary[]

Game Air Date Name Score Name Score Name Score Detail
QF #1 November 6, 2017 Buzzy Cohen $30,000 Hunter Appler $1,400 Pranjal Vachaspati $16,401 #
QF #2 November 7, 2017 Tim Aten $11,500 Lilly Chin $12,000 Jason Sterlacci $23,000 #
QF #3 November 8, 2017 Austin Rogers $16,000 Alan Lin $19,610 (↑) David Clemmons $0
($1,400)
#
QF #4 November 9, 2017 Seth Wilson $5,399 Lisa Schlitt $15,400 Sam Deutsch $8,200 #
QF #5 November 10, 2017 Andrew Pau $29,000 Justin Vossler $9,000 Jon Eisenman $0
($3,800)
#
SF #1 November 13, 2017 Andrew Pau $10,399 Austin Rogers $14,500 Lilly Chin $800 #
SF #2 November 14, 2017 Buzzy Cohen $31,601 Jason Sterlacci $1 Lisa Schlitt $0 #
SF #3 November 15, 2017 Alan Lin $24,401 Pranjal Vachaspati $12,200 Tim Aten $3,187 #
Final November 16, 2017 Buzzy Cohen $0 Alan Lin $8,800 Austin Rogers $6,500 #
November 17, 2017 $24,299 $400 $200 #
Total $24,299 $9,200 $6,700

Note[]

  • For first time from unlimited rule, everybody's 5-time champion. It is also a competition that many champions with 6 or more wins in a row participated (nine competitors).
  • Starting with this season, the Tournament of Champions is presented by Consumer Cellular.
  • At this ToC, all participants wore blue ribbons to their chests to commemorate Cindy Stowell, who died of cancer.
  • Following S16, it is the second ToC where four other tournament winners participated.
  • For second time, there are two 10-times+ champions who participated in the ToC.
  • 6-time champion Cindy Stowell passed away prior to the airing of her Jeopardy! appearance; she qualified for, and would have appeared in, this Tournament of Champions. The participating contestants wore dark blue ribbons (the color of colon cancer awareness) in Cindy's honor; Jason Sterlacci conceived of that most appropriate tribute.
  • Seth is the first 10-times+ champion to not advanced in the semifinal.
  • Buzzy is the first player to come back win despite nothing in the first game of a ToC Final, and it is the case that 3rd place in the first round came from behind after Dave Abbott, the winner of the S15 ToC.[1]
  • This is the first ToC final in which nobody correct response during final.
  • Two years later, the finalists of the ToC competition are Jeopardy! All-Star Games Wildcard Match, as part of a team, they played against themselves, Alan's team won and finished third.

Season 36 (November 4~16, 2019, #28)[]

Contestants[]

Rank Season Name Wins TW Results WC
C 34 Dhruv Gaur A $100,000
T 35 Francois Barcomb
1 James Holzhauer ($ S35) 32 $2,462,216
2 34 Josh Hill 7 $163,721
3 Ryan Fenster $156,497
4 35 Kyle Jones $145,403 Wild Card.png
5 34 Rob Worman 6 $133,900
6 35 Alan Dunn 5 $120,802
7 Steven Grade $115,501 Wild Card.png
8 34 Gilbert Collins $84,201
9 Rachel Lindgren $75,999 Wild Card.png
10 35 Eric R. Backes 4 $105,602
11 Anneke Garcia $104,497
12 Lindsey Shultz $101,002 Wild Card.png
13 Emma Boettcher 3 $97,002

Game Summary[]

Game Air Date Name Score Name Score Name Score Detail
QF #1 November 4, 2019 Kyle Jones $16,800 Anneke Garcia $4,799 Gilbert Collins $16,801 #
QF #2 November 5, 2019 Rob Worman $799 Dhruv Gaur $20,001 Rachel Lindgren $13,601 #
QF #3 November 6, 2019 James Holzhauer $30,635 (↑) Alan Dunn $1 Lindsey Shultz $14,000 #
QF #4 November 7, 2019 Josh Hill $10,597 Eric R. Backes $8,000
($13,000)
Emma Boettcher $23,800 #
QF #5 November 8, 2019 Ryan Fenster $8,000
($4,000)
Steven Grade $18,400 Francois Barcomb $34,300 (↑) #
SF #1 November 11, 2019 Emma Boettcher $29,601 Dhruv Gaur $5 Kyle Jones $19,201 #
SF #2 November 12, 2019 James Holzhauer $30,156 (↑) Steven Grade $11,400 Rachel Lindgren $7,200 #
SF #3 November 13, 2019 Francois Barcomb $34,801 Gilbert Collins $12,600 Lindsey Shultz $12,799 #
Final November 14, 2019 Francois Barcomb $1,800 James Holzhauer $49,326 Emma Boettcher $26,400 #
November 15, 2019 $3,200 $27,597 $38,600 #
Total $5,000 $76,923 $65,000

Note[]

  • Last ToC hosted by Alex Trebek and Last ToC before the recording system with no audience due to COVID-19.
  • On July 10, 2019, Jeopardy! took the unusual step of announcing the tournament field four months ahead of its airing (and before was even taped). The announcement included news that an unprecedented step would be taken - Emma Boettcher, who defeated James Holzhauer, would be invited; her three wins would normally have been insufficient to qualify her into the ToC (June 6 was the day Boettcher lost in regular play).
  • Due to the sudden passing of 2018 Teachers Tournament champion Larry Martin on January 25, 2019, in an unprecedented move, Emma Boettcher took his place instead of the next eligible player, 4-time champion Dave Leffler ($100,102).
  • Like S6, all tournament winners who participated in ToC make it to the semifinal[2].
  • James became the longest winning streak, the highest regular winnings for a ToC winner, and the last ToC champion during Alex Trebek's lifetime.
  • Francois become seventh tournament winner and second Teacher's Tournament Winner to become a ToC finalist.
  • Emma is the first 3-time champion to make a ToC final since S24 player Doug Hicton. She also becomes the fourth and last finalist as a 3-time champion for regular games, and she is the third consecutive female champion since Pam Mifflin in S13.
  • James and Emma are the third regular-season rematch in a ToC since Keith Whitener (7x) and Paul Nelson (5x) in 2013[3].
  • Since S24, it is the case in which two or more champions with less than 4 consecutive wins or winners of other tournaments have reached the finals[4].
  • Like the previous ToC, this ToC, the former cast wore a purple ribbon on their chest in memory of Larry Martin, who died of pancreatic cancer[5].
  • Also, in the first match of the semi-finals, I was thirsty for a moment when I saw Dhruv wrote "We love you, Alex!" on the answer sheet of the final round.

Season 37 (May 17~28, 2021, #29)[]

Contestants[]

Rank Season Name Wins TW Results WC
C 36 Nibir Sarma A $100,000 Wild Card.png
T Ben Henri
1 35 Jason Zuffranieri ($ S36) 19 $532,496 Wild Card.png
2 36 Jennifer Quail 8 $228,800
3 MacKenzie Jones $204,808
4 Karen Farrell $159,603
5 35 Sam Kavanaugh 5 $156,202
6 37 Kevin Walsh $111,301
7 36 Paul Trifiletti $106,801
8 35 Ryan Bilger 4 $107,049
9 37 Ryan Hemmel $104,526 Wild Card.png
10 Andy Wood $91,999
11 36 Sarah Jett Rayburn $89,300
12 Veronica Vichit-Vadakan $89,001 Wild Card.png
13 Steve Moulds 3 $85,603

Game Summary[]

Game Air Date Name Score Name Score Name Score Detail
QF #1 May 17, 2021 Jason Zuffranieri $18,800 Ryan Bilger $32,405 (↑) Sarah Jett Rayburn $0
($9,800)
#
QF #2 May 18, 2021 Karen Farrell $16,200 Nibir Sarma $12,199 Steve Moulds $4,800 #
QF #3 May 19, 2021 Jennifer Quail $20,650 Paul Trifiletti $100
($5,800)
Ryan Hemmel $11,600 #
QF #4 May 20, 2021 MacKenzie Jones $9,000 Kevin Walsh $16,000 Ben Henri $0
($2,800)
#
QF #5 May 21, 2021 Sam Kavanaugh $22,801 Andy Wood $100
($7,400)
Veronica Vichit-Vadakan $22,460 #
SF #1 May 24, 2021 Sam Kavanaugh $28,600 (↑) Karen Farrell $12,519 Ryan Hemmel $3,907 #
SF #2 May 25, 2021 Ryan Bilger $16,002 Veronica Vichit-Vadakan $31,400 Kevin Walsh $0 #
SF #3 May 26, 2021 Jennifer Quail $29,999 Jason Zuffranieri $20,400 Nibir Sarma $1 #
Final May 27, 2021 Veronica Vichit-Vadakan $6,400 Jennifer Quail $14,500 Sam Kavanaugh $38,000 #
May 28, 2021 $9,200 $27,500 $20,388 #
Total $15,600 $42,000 $58,388 (↑)

Note[]

  • First ToC in the post-Trebek era, 2017 Tournament of Champions Winner Buzzy Cohen guest hosted for the 2021 ToC.
  • It was held without spectators due to the COVID-19.
  • 5-time champion Brayden Smith suddenly and shockingly passed away on February 5, 2021. Steve Moulds, the next eligible player, took his place.
  • Steve is last 3-time champion in ToC participant from the regular games.
  • The winner's amount goes to the charity, Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission Trebek Center for Homeless.
  • For only second time since 1993, two female champions advanced to ToC final (in terms of all tournaments, it is the first time since 2018 Teen Tournament: all-female).
  • Veronica is the best female entrant in the semifinals with WC like S29 Kristin Morgan and S31 Julia Collins since S24 ToC winner Celeste DiNucci.
  • Runner-up Jennifer became the sixth player in history to set the record for FJ! consecutive correct answers more than 10 times (From 4 games to the ToC final).
  • Sam's victory became the third time in history a champion of the same season has won the ToC.
  • As the format of the next ToC was changed, it became the last ToC with 15 people competing.

Season 39 (October 31~November ?, 2022, #30)[]

Contestants[]

Rank Season Name Wins TW Results WC
P 38 Sam Buttrey A $100,000
NC Jaskaran Singh $250,000
SC 39 TBA $?
TBA $?
1 38 Amy Schneider 40 $1,382,800
2 37 Matt Amodio ($ S38) 38 $1,518,601
3 38 Mattea Roach 23 $560,983
4 Ryan Long 16 $299,400
5 Jonathan Fisher 11 $246,100
6 37 Brian Chang[6] ($ S37) 7 $163,904
7 Courtney Shah $118,558
8 38 Eric Ahasic 6 $160,601
9 36 Zach Newkirk $124,871
10 38 Megan Wachspress $60,603
11 Andrew He 5 $157,365
12 Tyler Rhode $105,901

Game Summary[]

Game Air Date Name Score Name Score Name Score Detail
QF #1 [ #]
QF #2 [ #]
QF #3 [ #]
QF #4 [ #]
QF #5 [ #]
SF #1 [ #]
SF #2 [ #]
SF #3 [ #]
Final [ #]
[ #]
Total

Note[]

  • Beginning with this Tournament of Champions qualifying period, the minimum number of regular play wins required for eligibility is increased from three to four.
  • Second ToC in the post-Trebek era, 74 game champion, Greatest of All Time winner & current syndicated version co-host Ken Jennings will host for the 2022 ToC.
  • For third time, there are at least two 10-times+ champions who participated in the ToC.
  • For first time, there are at least two millionaire champions who participated in the ToC.
  • Like S25, the top seed of the ToC leaderboard is among participants that is not the highest regular game prize money.
  • In this ToC, 9 people have competed together in a regular game before (Brian → Zach, Matt → Jonathan, Andrew → Amy, and Ryan → Eric → Megan).
  • It is said that the ToC format will change from this season.

References[]

  1. What's so great about this record is that even when it extends to the entire tournament, the only time to win for $0 in the first place is Meryl Federman, who won the 2007 Teen Tournament Summer Games.
  2. Except for S18 and S24, where there was only one tournament winner.
  3. Presumably, if Lindsey had made it to the finals, James, like Keith of S29, would have faced two entrants more than twice in one ToC. In particular, unlike Keith, who competed in the semi-finals and finals separately, in the case of James, they could compete simultaneously.
  4. As with S24, the champion with three consecutive wins and the winner of other tournaments came up, and the rankings came out the same.
  5. Unfortunately, a year later, the host Alex Trebek also died of pancreatic cancer.
  6. He is a different person from the person with the same name in S26. #
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