The 'Jeopardy!' Tournament of Champions Is Almost Here — Get All the Details!

The 'Jeopardy!' Tournament of Champions series will premiere sooner than we thought — get details on the contestants coming back, prizes, and more!

Samantha Faragalli Younghans - Author

Mar. 8 2021, Updated 10:40 a.m. ET

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If you're a Jeopardy! fan, then you're probably anxiously awaiting the premiere of the 2019 Tournament of Champions — especially because it was skipped last year! The game show's well-known tournament happens regularly and features the longest-running champions and biggest money winners of the competition from the past season of few seasons. So, when is the premiere date for this year's highly-anticipated special? Scroll down for everything we know!

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When is the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions 2019 premiere date?

Luckily for fans, the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions kicks off sooner than we all thought. This year's tournament will begin on Monday, Nov. 4, according to the show's Instagram account. It is set to last for 10 days, so it will conclude on Friday, Nov. 15.

You can catch the episodes at 7:30 p.m. on FOX!

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Which contestants will be on Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions?

The following 15 contestants are set to appear in the tournament this year: Eric R. Backes, Francois Barcomb, Emma Boettcher, Gilbert Collins, Alan Dunn, Ryan Fenster, Anneke Garcia, Dhruv Gaur, Steven Grade, Josh Hill, James Holzhauer, (who could forget the Season 35 big winner?), Kyle Jones, Rachel Lindgren, Lindsey Shultz, and Rob Worman. That's quite the lineup, if you ask us! Who are you rooting for?

How does Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions work?

Host Alex Trebek created this format for the 15-player tournament back in 1985, and it's quite exciting. During shows 1-5, fans get to watch three different contestants compete each day in the quarterfinals. The five winners of those shows, as well as four wildcards, move on to the next round.

Shows 6-8 are called the semifinals, and after those few nail-biting episodes, only three winners advance to the finals.

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Shows 9 and 10 become the must-watch episodes of the tournament. With the two-legged tie final, every leg is treated as a new match. 

The champion is based on the highest aggregate score of the final three contestants, but the runners-up will still win a guaranteed cash prize or however much money they earned in the two-day span (whichever number ends up being higher). 

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What does the winner of Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions earn?

Although the prizes have changed more than once over the years, since 2006, the winnings have stayed the same. The winner will receive a whopping $250,000, the first runner-up will receive $100,000, the second runner-up will receive $50,000, the semifinalists will receive $10,000, and the quarter-finalists will receive $5,000. That's a lot of money to go around!

Who is hosting the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions?

The tournament first began in 1964 and was hosted by Art Fleming until 1975. When Alex Trebek took over as host of the show in 1984, the idea of Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions returned.

Alex hosted his first tournament in 1985, and has been hosting it ever since. However, there were no tournaments in 1984, 1997, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2018.

We can't wait to see what the 2019 tournament will bring!

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