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Biggest “Jeopardy!” Winners Battle in “Tournament of Champions” Starting February 13th

It’s tournament season around Jeopardy!. The Teen Tournament is finishing up and, immediately after, one of the earliest-established tournaments will be making its return. The 25th modern edition of the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions begins this Wednesday, February 13th, and ends on Tuesday, February 26th.  This year, all participants are adult tournament winners (who earn a spot in this tournament by winning theirs) and four-time champions and above, making for another year of stiff competition. The elevated, harder material makes this one of the best times to see true Jeopardy! competition.

The tournament follows standard Jeopardy! procedure: Five quarter-finalists advance to the next round along with the four highest-scoring non-winners as Wild Card entrants. The winning semifinalists advance to a two-day “total point” finals situation. All contestants are guaranteed $5,000, with semifinalists receiving $10,000. Third place receives $50,000 (or their two-day final total, whichever is higher), second place receives $100,000 (or their two-day final total, whichever is higher) and the winner of the tournament takes home a big, cool $250,000. We have a listing of this tournament’s participants, starting with the tournament winners since the last Tournament of Champions and then contestants ordered by number of game wins. Take a look:

Monica Thieu, the 2012 College Championship winner with $100,000 from Dallas, Texas
Patrick Quinn, the 2012 February Teachers Tournament winner with $100,000 from Chesterfield, Missouri
Colby Burnett, the 2012 November Teachers Tournament winner $100,000 from Chicago, Illinois
Jason Keller, a 9-time champion with $213,900 from Highland Park, New Jersey
Keith Whitener, a 7-time champion with $147,597 from Charlotte, North Carolina
Stephanie Jass, a 7-time champion (longest reigning female) with $147,570 from Milan, Michigan
Joel Pool, a 6-time champion with $116,800 from Oakland, California
Dave Leach, a 6-time champion with $98,054 from Atlanta, Georgia
David Menchaca, a 5-time champion with $115,503 from Long Beach, California
Kristin Morgan, a 5-time champion with $69,098 from Huntsville, Alabama
Paul Nelson, a 5-time champion with $54,900 from Iowa City, Iowa
Jason Shore, a 4-time champion with $85,200 from Plano, Texas
David Gard, a 4-time champion with $84,700 from Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Ashok Poozhikunnel, a 4-time champion with $69,002 from Wheaton, Illinois
Dan McShane, a 4-time champion with $62,001 from West Islip, New York

These two weeks usually produce some of the best games of Jeopardy! all season, so I definitely recommend watching this all of the way through. Who are you rooting for in the competition? And which mental titan do you think will be the one to claim the quarter million dollar grand prize?

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7 responses to "Biggest “Jeopardy!” Winners Battle in “Tournament of Champions” Starting February 13th"

  • bmhedgehog says:

    Damn I was hoping that Ken and Brad would be on that list, but it looks like they are ultimately retired from the Jeopardy world. Wishful thinking.

    • Darren says:

      You mean Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter? If you do, the annual ToC is for people who’ve done well in regular games during the past year, so neither of them would be eligible. The only way they’d come back is if Jeopardy! held a tournament of people from its entire run as a special event (or something like the thing with Watson, which is unlikely to happen again).

  • Chris says:

    I wonder…
    Why is it that every tournament on Jeopardy! these days is starting in the middle of the week instead of on Monday?

    • The way I’ve seen the tournaments lately, it is scheduled that way to have the Finals on the Monday and Tuesday of the following week; this raises anticipation over the weekend for the championship matches.

  • Lois Countryman says:

    Wanting to know who won the tournament of champions I missed the last game Love Jeopardy

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