Jeopardy! The potential exists for Tournament of Champions to be the best one yet.

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The structure of this year’s tournament of champions is different from previous ones. hide caption for Jeopardy Productions, Inc.
switch to caption Inc. Jeopardy Productions The structure of this year’s tournament of champions is different from previous ones.

Inc. Jeopardy Productions For trivia fans, the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions (TOC) is akin to the Super Bowl; nevertheless, even if you’re not a fan of trivia, you might want to watch this time.

In addition to having the most amazing lineup of contestants ever, Jeopardy! is introducing a new format that could result in the most thrilling tournament in the program’s history.

HOW THE COMPETITION RUNS The most talented contestants from the previous season of Jeopardy! reunite each year to compete in a tournament-style competition.

The competitors compete in a series of quarterfinal, semifinal, and final rounds over the course of two weeks in an effort to establish themselves on Jeopardy! with a $250,000 prize and history.

15 former competitors are usually invited back to participate in the competition. The number of contestants has grown to 21 this year.
Of those 21, 18 will compete in the TOC quarterfinal rounds, while the other three have been preselected to move directly on to the semifinals.
The pre-selected semifinalists, but, who are they?
THE SUPER CHAMPS ARE HERE! Amy Schneider, Matt Amodio, and Mattea Roach are the three semifinal competitors that have already been chosen.

Each of these three contestants achieved one of the top five longest winning streaks throughout the regular season, earning them the title of “super champions” on Jeopardy! (a designation granted to contestants who have more than 10 consecutive victories).

Amy Schneider has won 41 games in a row (2nd longest steak)
Throughout her streak, Amy Schneider earned a total of $1,382,800. hide caption for Jeopardy Productions, Inc.
switch to caption Inc. Jeopardy Productions Throughout her streak, Amy Schneider earned a total of $1,382,800.

Inc. Jeopardy Productions Schneider may be the most formidable competitor in this year’s competition in terms of shattering records. She is the highest-winning female contestant in the show’s history, has the second-longest winning run in straight victories, and became the first openly transgender participant to advance to the tournament of champions.

Matt Amodio has 38 straight victories (3rd longest steak)
Throughout his streak, Matt Amodio earned $1,518,601 in total. hide caption for Jeopardy Productions, Inc.
switch to caption Inc. Jeopardy Productions Throughout his streak, Matt Amodio earned $1,518,601 in total.

Inc. Jeopardy Productions Despite not having the longest streak among the TOC competitors, Amodio’s record demonstrates that he was more effective than Schneider per game. Despite having three fewer overall wins, Amodio has more than $100,000 more in total Jeopardy! winnings than Schneider.

Mattea Roach: 23 straight victories (5th longest steak)
Throughout their streak, Mattea Roach earned $560,983 in total. hide caption for Jeopardy Productions, Inc.
switch to caption Throughout their winning streak, Mattea Roach of Jeopardy Productions, Inc. won $560,983 in total.

Inc. Jeopardy Productions Roach, the youngest super champion participating, is only 24 years old. However, this is in no way a cause to disregard them; like Amodio and Schneider, Roach boasts a response accuracy rate of over 90%.

The producers of the show felt the need to separate Schneider, Amodio, and Roach from the rest of the field despite the fact that they are not the only super champions taking part in the competition.

Executive producer Michael Davies said, “We looked at Mattea, and Matt and Amy, and we had to make a distinction between them and the rest of our performers.”

THE PUPPIES The contestants who are chosen to join the TOC are typically either on long winning streaks or are champions of the show’s unique tournaments, including the teacher’s or college tournaments.

But this year, two competitors in the tournament of champions have never triumphed in a match during a regular season.

Congratulations to Rowan Ward and Jessica Stephens for winning Second Chance! It’s going to be a blast to see you both next week. pic.twitter.com/lMO3nelUOb

Play Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) October 29, 2022 The first time Rowan Ward and Jessica Stephens participated on the show, they both came in last. The show’s Second Chance Competition, which was held for the first time this year, was won by Ward and Stephens, who managed to secure their positions in the TOC despite the fact that historically losing on your first appearance prevents a participant from returning.

While some people would view the Second Chance participants as underdogs, Ward categorically disagrees. They have unfinished business with Amodio, who defeated Ward in their previous appearance, therefore they enter the competition.

Ward told NPR, “And I want another go at Matt Amodio.” Who knows if I’ll win, but I’m entering the tournament of champions with absolute confidence.

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