In a surprising move, Jeopardy!’s producers announced its 2019 Tournament of Champions field in a YouTube video this morning.
You can view the video here:
The 15 players are:
Eric R. Backes
14 of the 15 spots come as no surprise. However, this appears that the producers have used their discretion to give the spot for the deceased Larry Martin to Emma Boettcher, meaning that a James Holzhauer-Emma Boettcher rematch could very well happen.
Jimmy did say in the video that other players who might have otherwise qualified would be held over for a future tournament; however, what this means for the following Tournament of Champions is currently unknown. I anticipate more will be known in the coming weeks and months on that front.
However, the early release of this information does give me here at The Jeopardy! Fan plenty of time to produce statistical analyses and predictions for this tournament. Look for that over the coming weeks and months!
Since Alex Trebek’s diagnosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer, many community members have been raising money. The Jeopardy! Fan Online Store is as well! All proceeds from any “Keep The Faith And We’ll Win” shirt sold will be donated to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. To date, over $370 has been raised.)
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