Jeopardy Phenom James Holzhauer Returns to Tournament of Champions

James Holzhauer is favored to win the tournament, but can any other past champion beat "Jeopardy James"?


James Holzhauer is a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas and one of the most successful Jeopardy contestants in the history of the show. Now, he is back for this year’s Jeopardy Tournament of Champions, and among the 15 former winners, has the best betting odds to win the tournament, according to

The Tournament field is comprised of the 15 contestants who have won the most Jeopardy games in the last calendar year. In his historic stretch from April to June of 2018, Holzhauer won 32 games, raking in just under $2.5 million in winnings from the show.

In the first round of the tournament, James won $30,635, soundly beating his opponents and advancing to the next stage. However, there are a few contestants who could pose a challenge to the success of “Jeopardy James”. The field features notable winners such as Dhruv Gaur, a student at Brown University and champion of Jeopardy’s student contest series. Physics teacher Francois Barcomb, champion of the Jeopardy teachers’ series is also a strong contestant.

At the moment, Holzhauer is the favorite to win, with odds of -200 that he wins, and +150 on him losing, according to Basically, Holzhauer is a -200 to win and any other contestant is +150 to win at best! The person with arguably the best chance to upset Holzhauer is librarian Emma Boettcher; she ended Holzhauer’s 32-game winning streak back in June 2018, and now she has been invited back for the tournament of champions. Holzhauer and Boettker do not face off immediately, but should they both win their preliminary rounds, as they are expected to, we could be in for a very interesting rematch.

Even with the stout competition in the tournament, Holzhauer’s analytic yet aggressive style of play and his nearly unparalleled past success made him the clear frontrunner in the Tournament of Champions according to, and there really is nobody even close in terms of odds.

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