17 of ‘Jeopardy’s Most Memorable Champions in Recent Years

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If the “do-do-do” of Jeopardy!‘s theme song plays in your head and Alex Trebek‘s voice was recognizable in nearly any setting, it’s safe to say you’ve encountered some of the show’s most memorable champions over the years.

It’s difficult to bring up champions without mentioning the “Greatest of All Time” winner Ken Jennings who first entered the scene nearly 20 years ago, but there have been plenty of others since. And following the Tournament of Champions, we’re taking a look at the stats of Jeopardy!‘s most memorable champions from the past few years.

Whether or not they made it to tournaments, these eager players of TV’s long-running game show have certainly left an impression. See how they stack up against one another below.

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Ken Jennings

Playing Since: 2004

Total Winnings: $4,370,700

Streak: 74 Games

Known for: Considered the show’s most memorable contestant in the game show’s history, Jennings’ impact has spanned decades and he most recently solidified his unofficial title by winning the “Greatest of All Time” tournament. Playing against the computer system known as Watson, Jennings became the ideal standard of what a Jeopardy! contestant should be. And following host Alex Trebek’s death, Jennings stepped in to share duties with Mayim Bialik.

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Brad Rutter

Playing Since: 2000

Total Winnings: $5,153,436

Streak: 5 Games (at the time Jeopardy! retired 5-day consecutive winners)

Known for: Best known as the champion who earned the most money throughout his Jeopardy! run, Rutter has competed in various tournaments since his buzzy 2000 wins, becoming a consistent competitor to Jennings. He also participated in the “Greatest of All Time” tournament.

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James Holzhauer

Playing Since: 2019

Total Winnings: $2,964,216

Streak: 32 Games

Known for: This gutsy contestant risked a lot when it came to final Jeopardy, betting nearly all of his winnings from each episode to double the amount. His risky antics had viewers tuning in for days on end and earned him a spot in the “Greatest of All Time” tournament against Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings.

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Amy Schneider

Playing Since: 2022

Total Winnings: $1,632,800

Streak: 40 Games

Known for: Amy was always quick to buzz in, making her one of the show’s most successful players ever. Referred to fondly as “Jeopardy Amy,” she’s solidified her spot among other players as she ranks second in most consecutive wins behind Ken Jennings. Ultimately, she went on to win the Tournament of Champions, solidifying her spot in Jeopardy! history.

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Mattea Roach

Playing Since: 2022

Total Winnings: $560,983

Streak: 23 Games

Known for: This young player wowed viewers with her knowledge as she quickly rose in the game show’s ranks. By the time her winning-spree came to an end, Roach had earned a fifth place spot in the all-time consecutive wins and all-time regular season winnings lists.

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Ryan Long

Playing Since: 2022

Total Winnings: $299,400

Streak: 16 Games

Known for: A seemingly unlimited wealth of knowledge, this rideshare driver was quick to find the answers during his memorable run. Donning a colorful beaded necklace he played to make a better life for his young son.

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Matt Jackson

Playing Since: 2015

Total Winnings: $413, 612 (plus, an addition $100,000 from the Tournament of Champions)

Streak: 13 Games

Known for: This contestant was known for his quick buzzer reflexes, finishing categories quickly during the different rounds. Ultimately, his knowledge wasn’t enough to keep him in the game forever, but he did make his mark while in play.

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Matt Amodio

Playing Since: 2021

Total Winnings: $1,518,601

Streak: 38 Games

Known for: This competitor broke records and made bank during his lengthy run, surpassing James Holzhauer as the second-longest regular winning streak in the show’s history. His strategy for tackling high-price clues worked to his advantage.

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Emma Boettcher

Playing Since: 2019

Total Winnings: $98,002 (plus $100,000 for the Tournament of Champions)

Streak: 4 Games

Known for: Even though Boettcher didn’t win many games, she was best-known as the contestant who beat James Holzhauer following his impressive run. She also set a record as the highest single-day winnings for any female competitor. Since her regular run, Boettcher has also participated in tournaments.

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Austin Rogers

Playing Since: 2017

Total Winnings: $413,000

Streak: 13 Games

Known for: His quirky nature struck a chord with viewers as he engaged in sarcastic banter with Trebek from time-to-time. He returned for tournaments since his streak which placed him as the seventh highest consecutive winner during regular season play.

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Cindy Stowell

Playing Since: 2016

Total Winnings: $105,803

Streak: 6 Games

Known for: This impressive contestant made headlines when viewers learned that her win aired posthumously after Stowell died following a terminal colon cancer diagnosis. Despite her short-lived gameplay, Stowell’s memory lives on in her episodes and success. Despite dying before the episodes aired on television, it was later reported that Stowell was provided with advanced copies of some of her episodes.

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Buzzy Cohen

Playing Since: 2016

Total Winnings: $164,603 (plus $250,000 for the Tournament of Champions in 2017)

Streak: 9 Games

Known for: This competitor was met with mixed reactions from fans for his often sarcastic attitude towards gameplay and Trebek. Regardless of his reception, there’s no questioning his place among the champions, particularly due to his tournament win in 2017.

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Julia Collins

Playing Since: 2014

Total Winnings: $429,100 (for regular play)

Streak: 20 Games

Known for: Known for her large sum of winnings and impressive consecutive streak, Julia has since participated in various tournaments for the game show over the years.

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Sam Buttrey

Playing Since: 2021

Total Winnings: $150,000

Streak: 4 Games

Known for: Buttrey was known as the first Tournament of Professors Champion, gaining entry to the Tournament of Champions because of his victorious run there. Oh, and he looks a bit like Steve Martin.

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Cris Pannullo

Playing Since: 2022

Total Winnings: $748,286

Streak: 21 Games

Known for: Impressing during his run, Pannullo landed a coveted spot among some of Jeopardy!‘s top streakers, placing him sixth among the likes of Jennings and Schneider. His run was broken up as the Tournament of Champions aired before he could continue playing. Luckily Pannullo’s game play gave him a shot at redemption in the next Tournament.

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Andrew He

Playing Since: 2021

Total Winnings: $257,365

Streak:  5 Games

Known for: Known for his impressive performance, He used his skills to outplay his competition, becoming a second-place champ at the 2022 Tournament of Champions.

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Brian Henegar

Playing Since: 2023

Total Winnings: $68,202

Streak:  3 Games

Known for: Known for his impressive performance, he was dubbed “the machine” for how many prompts he’s able to answer correctly. He also became popular for the reaction to his very first win and his appearance–so much so that SNL made a joke about it.