Jeopardy! Ultimate Tournament of Champions
The Jeopardy! Ultimate Tournament of Champions was a special tournament done during the 21st season of the American television game show Jeopardy!. 145 contestants who won past Jeopardy! tournaments or won five games played in a 15 week tournament. It lasted from February 9 to May 25, 2005.
In this tournament, the two finalists from four rounds of play went against Ken Jennings, who was, at the time, the highest winner on a game show with $2,522,700. Those contestants played for a prize of $2,000,000. The two finalists were Brad Rutter and Jerome Vered. Rutter was the show's second-highest winner, while Vered had set a one-day winnings record of $34,000 in 1992. Rutter won the three-day final and the $2,000,000 prize, claiming the record from Jennings.
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- Ken Jennings got a bye (a term in sports meaning that a team goes to the next round without playing) to the final round because he set many Jeopardy! records.
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