11:53am PT by Alexandra Del Rosario
James Holzhauer Returning to 'Jeopardy!' for Tournament of Champions
James Holzhauer is returning to Jeopardy!
For 10 days in November, 15 of the syndicated game show's top winners will go head-to-head in the hopes of winning a $250,000 grand prize.
Airing Nov. 4-15, the 2019 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions will bring back a collection of winners from the past two seasons as well as this year's victors of the college and teachers tournaments.
Among the roster of marquee players is Holzhauer, known for his 32-game streak and his $2.46 million winning total. Holzhauer, who sought to break Ken Jennings’ record of 74 consecutive wins, brought the game show to a new ratings high with an 8.3 in household ratings, its highest in 14 years. The professional sports gambler from Las Vegas joined Jennings as the only contestants to ever win more than $1 million in regular-season play on the game show.
Also returning for the Tournament of Champions is Emma Boettcher, the Chicago-based librarian who brought Holzhauer’s winning streak to an end in May.
Other winners joining the tournament will be Salt Lake City’s Anneke Garica, whose four-game streak brought her to more than a $100,000 in total winnings; Lindsey Shultz from Pittsburgh; and Dhruv Gaur and Francois Barcomb, winners of the college and teachers tournaments, respectively.
Alex Trebek will host the 10-day event, which comes months after the 36th season premiere.
Previous winners of past Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions include Buzzy Cohen, Alex Jacob and Ben Ingram.