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Highlights of ‘Jeopardy! All-Star Games’ Tournament

The two-week “All-Star Games” tournament of syndicated game show “Jeopardy!” took place over ten episodes from Feb. 20-Mar. 5. It featured eighteen of the best champions to have ever competed on the game show.

Back in September 2018, the six team captains – Colby Burnett, Buzzy Cohen, Julia Collins, Ken Jennings, Austin Rogers, and Brad Rutter – selected their draft positions at random. Buzzy Cohen, who pulled the first and twelfth picks, selected Alex Jacob first overall. The complete teams are as follows:

Team Colby: (5) Pam Mueller, (8) Alan Lin
Team Buzzy: (1) Alex Jacob, (12) Jennifer Giles
Team Julia: (4) Ben Ingram, (9) Seth Wilson
Team Ken: (3) Matt Jackson, (10) Monica Thieu
Team Austin: (2) Roger Craig, (11) Leonard Cooper
Team Brad: (6) Larissa Kelly, (7) David Madden

The tournament featured two preliminary matches, one wild card match and the final championship match took place. The payouts for each team at the end of the tournament were, as follows:

Winner: $1,000,000
Runner-up: $300,000
Third place: $100,000
Fourth and fifth place: $75,000 each
Sixth place: $50,000

As usual with Jeopardy tournaments, Daily Doubles were critical to the fates of each participant and team.

Here are some of the tournament’s most memorable highlights:

Match One: Day One (Feb. 21, 2019)

Team Brad Rutter discusses wagering big for a Final Jeopardy about African countries

Match Two: Day One (Feb. 25-26, 2019)

Austin Rogers: “YAY!”

Ken Jennings relieved after Matt Jackson’s big Daily Double earnings

Match Two: Day Two (Feb. 27, 2019)

Three team captains for Double Jeopardy

Ken Jennings shows off his Jeopardy prowess once again

Ken Jennings finds first Daily Double

Ken Jennings finds second Daily Double

Austin Rogers, about Final Jeopardy and gleeful knowing him and his team is going to compete in the wild card match anyway: “It doesn’t matter!”

Wild card teams announced

Team Colby dances after earning a spot in the wild card match

Wild Card Match: Day One (Feb. 28, 2019)

Team Buzzy’s Alex Jacob bets it all in Daily Double

Team Buzzy’s Alex Jacob provides unsure but correct answer

Colby Burnett bets it all in Daily Double

Colby Burnett finds second Daily Double in Double Jeopardy

Colby Burnett: “Didn’t have any real knowledge on that.”

Colby Burnett: “YES!”

Strategy sessions for Final Jeopardy

Final Jeopardy: British Literature

Team Austin and Team Buzzy in Final Jeopardy

Team Colby’s Alan Lin disappointed in not correctly answering Final Jeopardy

“Remember this is a two-day total point affair.”

Wild Card Match: Day Two (Mar. 1, 2019)

Team Buzzy’s Alex Jacob finds first Daily Double and bets it all

Team Buzzy’s Alex Jacob finds second Daily Double and bets it all

Strategy sessions for Final Jeopardy

Final Jeopardy: Presidential Election Years

Buzzy Cohen and Colby Burnett incorrect at Final Jeopardy

Austin Rogers incorrect at Final Jeopardy

Team Colby joins Team Brad and Team Ken in the All-Star Games Final

Finals: Day One (Mar. 4, 2019)

“Six captains…”

Alex Trebek compares contestants to astronauts

Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter comment on their taped opening walk

Colby Burnett: “…I will take any assistance from any supernatural deity in this endeavor.”

Strategy sessions of the first match of the finals

First clue of the game

Brad Rutter bets it all at Daily Double

Alex Trebek to Ken Jennings after he again didn’t provide the first and last names of a celebrity: “I can’t let you make the same mistake twice.”

Final four clues of the first round

Team Brad’s Larissa Kelly bets $4,000 at Daily Double

Team Ken’s Matt Jackson bets $3,800 at Daily Double

Strategy sessions for Final Jeopardy

Alex Trebek: “Oh, Alan [Lin], I’ll give you some advice. Never go to Las Vegas and play poker.”

Alex Trebek: “I have a feeling some of you followed some of the precepts from that book in this tournament.”

Finals: Day Two (Mar. 5, 2019)

Team Ken’s Monica Thieu hits the buzzer excitedly

Brad Rutter bets $5,000 in first Daily Double

Brad Rutter bets $10,000 in second Daily Double

Alex Trebek on reading the clue for Duran Duran’s ‘The Reflex”: “I probably put one too many ‘Fle’ there.”

Pam jokingly suggests to Brad to include the parentheses in his answer

Alex Trebek prefaces Final Jeopardy: “I have a feeling that, during that commercial break, people all over America were very busy doing math.”

Team Colby’s two-day total refers to Jean Val Jean from Les Miserables

Team Ken’s Matt Jackson

Team Brad’s Larissa Kelly

Final results

Alex Trebek presents $1 million check to the All-Stars winning team