2022 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions: dates, contestants, how to watch

Ken Jennings and the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions contestants
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For most people, winning a single game of Jeopardy would be a dream come true but for the competitors of the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions it’s about making it to the final round to become Jeopardy! champion. 

This year, 21 of Jeopardy!’s top players are returning for a multi-week competition to crown the champion. Past contestants include record-shattering winners like Amy Schneider, Matt Amodio and Mattea Roach. Schneider, Amodio and Roach will skip the quarterfinals and advance automatically to the semifinals. 

Ken Jennings hosts the event. Jennings holds the title of most earnings by a gameshow contestant and longest winning streak on the show.

Here’s everything we know about the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions. 

Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions schedule 

The Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions begins Monday, October 31, and runs for at least two weeks. 

The quarterfinals run October 31 to November 7, the semifinals run November 8-10 and the finals begin November 11.  There will be up to seven games in the finals; the first person to win three games is the winner. 

Jeopardy Tournament of Champions 2022 bracket

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How to watch the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions 

Use this handy tool on the show’s website or check your local listings to see the channel listing and time that Jeopardy! airs on cable in your area.  

If you’ve cut the cord, you can catch Jeopardy! on live TV with a subscription to streaming services like Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, FuboTV and YouTube TV.  

Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions finals round schedule, contestants

The Finals Round of the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions begins on November 14. 

Contestants in the finals Round are made up of the winners of the three semifinals Round. To win the title of Jeopardy! champion, a contestant must win three of seven possible games. 

The three finalists are Amy Schneider, Sam Buttrey and Andrew He. 

Game 1 winner (Nov. 14): Andrew He
Game 2 winner (Nov. 15): Amy Schneider
Game 3 winner (Nov. 16): Andrew He

Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions semifinal round schedule, contestants

The semifinals round is made up of three nights of competition. Three of the all-time biggest winners, Amy Schneider, Matt Amodio and Mattea Roach, face off against the winners of the quarterfinals. 

Schneider's historic run on the show lasted from November 2021 to January 2022. Not only did she secure a place in the record books as holding the second-longest win streak with 40 wins, she's also the first woman to win a million dollars on the show. She's also the winningest trans contestant on the show, which earned her the GLAAD Media Award for Special Recognition.

Amodio is known for winning 38 consecutive games in 2021, putting him third on the list behind Schneider and Jennings. 

Semifinal 1, November 9: Amy Schneider will face off against Maureen O'Neil and Tyler Rhode. WINNER: Amy Schneider

Semifinal 2, November 10: Matt Amodio will face Sam Buttrey and John Focht. WINNER: Sam Buttrey

Semifinal 3, November 11: Mattea Roach will face off against Eric Ahasic and Andrew He. WINNER: Andrew He

Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions quarterfinal round schedule, contestants

Here’s the breakdown of contestants in the quarterfinal round:

Quarterfinal 1, October 31:
Ryan Long (Philadelphia), rideshare driver
Megan Wachspress (Berkeley, Calif.), environmental attorney
Maureen O'Neil (Cambridge, Mass.), executive assistant (winner)

Quarterfinal 2, November 1:
Jonathan Fisher (Coral Gables, Fla.), actor
Andrew He (San Francisco), software developer (winner)
Christine Whelchel (Spring Hill, Tenn.), graduate assistant

Quarterfinal 3, November 2:
Brian Chang (Chicago), attorney
Tyler Rhode (New York), director at a start-up (winner)
Margaret Shelton (Pittsburgh), homemaker

Quarterfinal 4, November 3:
Courtney Shah (Portland, Ore.), community college instructor
Rowan Ward (Chicago), Chart Caller, writer and editor
John Focht (El Paso, Texas), software team lead (winner)

Quarterfinal 5, November 4:
Eric Ahasic (Minneapolis), meteorologist (winner)
Jaskaran Singh (Plano, Texas), consultant
Jackie Kelly (Cary, N.C.), pension calculation developer

Quarterfinal 6, November 7:
Zach Newkirk (Arlington, Va.), attorney
Jessica Stephens (Nashville, Tenn.), statistical research specialist
Sam Buttrey (Pacific Grove, Calif.), associate professor of operations research at the Naval Postgraduate School (winner)

Sarabeth Pollock
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Sarabeth joined the What to Watch team in May 2022. An avid TV and movie fan, her perennial favorites are The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, true crime documentaries on Netflix and anything from Passionflix. You’ve Got Mail, Ocean's Eleven and Signs are movies that she can watch all day long. She's also a huge baseball fan, and hockey is a new favorite.  

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