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Gear up Jeopardy! fans! Another tournament is imminent. Fall's upcoming Tournament of Champions is going to be a little more exciting than usual, however, as champions of the past two seasons will go head-to-head to compete for dominance. This includes James Holzhauer, which means the chances of mega winning totals and aggressive betting on Double Jeopardy rounds are to be expected.
Beginning Monday, November 4, James Holzhauer and others champions of Jeopardy! Seasons 34 and 35 will face off in a tournament for supremacy. Holzhauer is just one of the big winners attached, as others like 7-game champions Josh Hill, Ryan Fenster, and Kyle Jones are set to compete. Those are just a few of the 15 competitors set to appear, many of whom are likely not as recognizable as Holzhauer's name following his astonishing record-setting run on the program.
With that being said, there is one name on the list Jeopardy! fans will absolutely recognize, partly due to her connection to James Holzhauer. Three-day champion Emma Boettcher is a part of the lineup, and may get a chance to defeat Holzhauer yet again and create an entirely new game show rivalry the world can obsess over. Jeopardy! highlighted Boettcher and other contestants in an announcement video that will help fans put a face to the names who will be competing.
One name that isn't found on the competitors list is Ken Jennings, which makes sense considering the Jeopardy! champ is not a champion of a regular episode of the past two seasons. For now, it doesn't appear that he's going to appear as a competitor, though surprises were teased, so maybe he'll pop on to create some interest for a future Holzhauer and Jennings showdown?
Of course, with James Holzhauer coming back to Jeopardy!, many may be wondering if this means Ken Jennings earnings record is in, er, jeopardy. The Jeopardy! Hall of Fame marks a distinction between single-run earnings and all-time earnings in its records, so Holzhauer won't overtake Jennings' single-game earnings record after winning one game like he was on pace to do. With that said, he's a little over $900k from Jennings' all-time winnings record, and he could make a dent in that.
Although it may be glib to assume that, as again, this is a Tournament of Champions. Holzhauer is going up against folks who have run the gauntlet and emerged victorious, not just average joes. Will this tournament end on Friday, November 15 with him standing tall, or will the latest big name of Jeopardy! fall short yet again to any of these 14 champions? Take a look at the competition:
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They may not have the recognition or celebrity, but make no mistake, Jeopardy! champions are forces to be reckoned with. They wouldn't be in the Tournament of Champions otherwise, so be prepared for sparks to fly and smack talk to be delivered in the form of a question. Okay, maybe not the last part, but we can hope.
Jeopardy!'s Tournament of Champions kicks off in November, but the series continues to roll on weekdays. Stick with CinemaBlend for more on the show, and other big news regarding upcoming or currently airing television.