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A spinoff statistics page for Jeopardy!/Returning Champions/Unlimited Champ Rule.

  • TW = Total Winnings

Season 1Edit

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Elise Beraru October 1~5, 1984 $47,350 First-ever 5-day champ. Set 1-day record of $23,800 during 3rd playing on October 3, 1984.
Ric Moser December 7~13, 1984 $39,200
John Genova November,1984 $50,595 First 5-time champion to win over $50K overall.
Larry Floyd 1984 $35,800
Jerry Frankel December 24~28, 1984 $32,650 Won the first Tournament of Champions in 1985, Died of AIDS on July 14, 1987 at age 34.
Liz Caccese December 31, 1984~January 4, 1985 $34,500
John Hnat 1985 $37,100 Second game has single-player Final Jeopardy!
Paul Boymel 1985 $56,200 Died July 30, 2014 at age 67.
Paul Croshier 1985 $36.5K
Michael Day April 9~15, 1985 $53,500 Fourth game has single-player Final Jeopardy!
Signaling device lockout system started in Season 2 because of his gameplay.
Nathan Walpow 1985 $38,900
Ron Black 1985 $47,401
Bruce Fauman February 28~March 6, 1985 $43,398 Passed away on December 2, 2002 at age 59.
Paula Tupper March 15~21, 1985 $34,298
Steve Rogitz March 22~28, 1985 $31,399

Season 2Edit

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Chuck Forrest September 30~October 4, 1985 $72,800 He set a new record after winning 5 games.

1986 Tournament of Champions winner.

Co-author of Secrets of the Jeopardy Champions with Mark Lowenthal.

Jay Rosenberg September 13~19, 1985 $49,600 Passed away on February 21, 2008 at age 65.
Paul Rouffa February 4~10, 1986 $46,100 Paul won $30,000 over five days on Scrabble in December 1987.

Paul appeared on Now You See It in June 1989.

Paul won $1,000 on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire on 2015-04-13.

Donald Burgo April 7~11,1986 $26,180 Fourth playing has co-champ.
Gary Giardina June 2~6, 1986 $32,330

Season 3Edit

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Dave Traini October 10~16, 1986 $54,802 First person to defeat Chuck Forrest, during the Super Jeopardy quarterfinals on 8/11/1990.
Frank Hughes December 17~23, 1986 $30,900
Keith Bell January 2~8, 1987 $41,952 2nd playing has co-champ.
Keith Walker March 5~11, 1987 $40,700
John Ryan March 12~18, 1987 $61,800 1st playing has co-champ.
John Podhoretz March 19~25, 1987 $45,200
Richard Cordray April 21~27, 1987 $40,303 Appointed by President Obama as the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2012.

Played in Battle of the Decades, but declined $5,000 prize due to federal employment.

Eugene Finerman May 25~29, 1987 $57,902 First person to defeat Frank Spangenberg, during the Super Jeopardy quarterfinals on 6/23/1990.
Bob Verini June 18~24, 1987 $46,802 1987 Tournament of Champions winner.

Season 4Edit

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Roy Holliday September 21~25, 1987 $57,200
Richard Perez-Pena October 7~13, 1987 $40,300
Sandra Gore December 8~14, 1987 $53,507 First female finalist in the Tournament of Champions.
Leah Greenwald January 11~15, 1988 $58,802
Barbara-Anne Eddy February 1~5, 1988 $52K Won tournament on The $128K Question in 1976 when Alex Trebek was the host.
Steven Popper March 28~April 1, 1988 $55,600
Mark Lowenthal May 4~10, 1988 $49,901 1988 Tournament of Champions winner.

Co-author of Secrets of the Jeopardy Champions with Chuck Forrest.

Michael Rankins June 3~9, 1988 $52,098
Bruce Naegeli July 14~20, 1988 $64,200 Passed away on June 9, 2009 at the age of 65.

Season 5Edit

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Mark McDermott December 7~13, 1988 $42,880 Won $32K on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

1st player to lose $218K on a wrong answer when he missed his $500K question.

Jeff Richmond December 23~29, 1988 $58,302
Cigus Vanni December 30, 1988~January 5, 1989 $40,400 Won $4K on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
Brian Wangsgard January 20~26, 1989 $62,398
Cathy Boggs June 16~22, 1989 $43,200

Season 6Edit

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Bob Blake September 6~12, 1989 $82,501 First 5-time champ to win over $75K overall.

1990 Tournament of Champions winner.

Invited to the Battle of the Decades, but declined due to travel complications.

Top Canadian winner on Jeopardy!.

Larry McKnight September 15~21, 1989 $60,901 He got an illness and didn't participate in the UTOC.
Steven Berman October 24~30, 1989 $48,800
Lisa Guay November 21~27, 1989 $42,600
Jeff Bandman December 19~25, 1989 $44,501
Frank Spangenberg January 9~15, 1990 $102,597 First 5-time champion to win over $100K overall.

Set 1-day record of $30,600 during 5th playing on January 15, 1990. Top regular games winner during pre-doubled era.

1993 Tenth Anniversary Tournament winner.

Only player to appear in all 5 "All-Time" tournaments (Super Jeopardy!, Tenth Anniversary, Million Dollar Masters, Ultimate Tournament of Champions, Battle of the Decades).

Erik Larsen February 21~27, 1990 $54,400
Elaine Zoliner March 2~8, 1990 $52,800 Final playing has Co-champ.
Andrew Bernknopf March 23~29, 1990 $34,200
Eric Terzuolo June 15~21, 1990 $64,302
Dan Katz June 25~29, 1990 $48,803

Season 7Edit

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Jim Scott September 25~October 1, 1990 $49,300 1991 Tournament of Champions winner.

Final playing has co-champ. Youngest Tournament of Champions Winner.

Steve Robin November 20~26, 1990 $51,901
Bruce Ikawa November 30~December 6, 1990 $80,699
John LeDonne December, 1990 $55,200
Lynne Wexler January 23~29, 1991 $70,531
Leslie Frates February 1~7, 1991 $56,099
Tom Halpern March 22~28, 1991 $63,602
Mark Born June, 1991 $82,899

Season 8Edit

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Steve Newman September 4~10, 1991 $75,502
Leszek Pawlowicz October 10~16, 1991 $75,400 1992 Tournament of Champions winner.
Kirk Ditzler November 25~29, 1991 $43,801 Died of cancer on August 25, 1998.
India Cooper December 16~20, 1991 $68,400
Dave Willis January 24~30, 1992 $58,001
Frank Epstein February 5~11, 1992 $73,400
Phil Yellman March 13~19, 1992 $60,400
Robert Slaven March 24~30, 1992 $53,202
Jerome Vered May 18~22, 1992 $96,801 Set 1-day record of $34,000 during fourth playing on May 21, 1992.

1-day record holder during pre-doubled era.

Richard Kaplan June 4~10, 1992 $73,202 Died of AIDS on November 14, 1993.
John Kelly June, 1992 $84,701

Season 9Edit

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Leslie Shannon Miller October 8~14, 1992 $64,300 Did not participate in Ultimate Tournament of Champions due to pregnancy.
Tom Nosek November 3~6, 23, 1992 $65,640 1993 Tournament of Champions winner.

5-game run interrupted by 1992 Tournament of Champions.

Dennis Donohue December, 1992 $64,298
Diane Siegel January 25~29, 1993 $65,479
Bev Schwartzberg April 30, May 17~20, 1993 $65,900 Fourth playing has co-champ.

5-game run interrupted by College Tournament.

Al Lin June 10~16, 1993 $58,903 Fourth playing has co-champ.
Ed Schiffer July 5~9, 1993 $65,903

Season 10Edit

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Brian Moore September 7~13, 1993 $62,002
David Venderbush October, 1993 $50,800
John Cuthbertson November, 1993 $82,400 Won $32K on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
Jean Grewe December 20~24, 1993 $62,801
Kurt Bray January 3~7, 1994 $51,100
Tom Nichols January 31~February 3, October 10, 1994 $57,950 Originally lost 5th playing on February 4, 1994, invited back on October 10, 1994 because of "clue discrepancy".
Amy Fine March, 1994 $72,803 Final playing has co-champ.

Top female regular games winner in the pre-doubled era.

Steve Chernicoff July 7~8, September 5~7, 1994 $83,902 Also appeared for Princeton University in the College Bowl.

Season 11Edit

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Bill Pitassy October 24~28, 1994 $72,702
Jim Morgan 1994~1995 $41,899
Jonathan Groff March, 1995 $60,500 Final playing has Co-champ.
Bruce Borchardt March 27~31, 1995 $54,099
David Siegel June 27~July 3, 1995 $86,200

Season 12Edit

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Paul Thompson October 13~19, 1995 $72,199
Michael Daunt November 30~December 6, 1995 $64,198 He also competed in the 1997 International Tournament outside of North America and won.
Brad Plovan December 11~15, 1995 $61,401
Bill Dickenson January 16~22, 1996 $48,401
Bill Sloan January 29~February 2, 1996 $62,800
Bob Scarpone February 8-9, February 26-28, 1996 $42,401 5-game run was interrupted by College Tournament.

Won $30,000 on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

Was Bernie Cullen's Phone-a-Friend on Millionaire.

David Sampugnaro April 1~5, 1996 $72,101
Michael Dupée April 9~15, 1996 $66,401 First playing has co-champ.
He also won the 1996 Tournament of Champions, and later wrote a book about his experience on the show, How to Get On Jeopardy! And Win.

Season 13Edit

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Bernie Cullen Septmber 2~6, 1996 $63,102 Won $1M on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
Paul Gutowski January 10~16, 1997 $51,301
Grace Veach February 17~21, 1997 $51,601
Arthur Phillips June 10~16, 1997 $63,003
Dan Melia July 18, September 1~4, 1997 $75,600 Played his 1st game on the last episode of season 13, Faced a Co-champ on his 3rd playing.

1998 Tournament of Champions winner.

Season 14Edit

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Fred Ramen September 5~11, 1997 $61K First playing has co-champ.

Transitioned gender to female in 2008 and is now known as Catherine.

Bob Harris October 31, November 21~27, 1997 $58K Author of Prisoner of Trebekistan: A Decade in Jeopardy!
J.J. Todor February 17~23, 1998 $29,021
Chris Ward February 24~27, March 3, 1998 $63,301
Pat Healy March 31~April 6, 1998 $66,604
Lara Robillard May 26~June 1, 1998 $59,500
Dave Abbott June 16~22, 1998 $68,599 1999 Tournament of Champions winner.
Dan Girard July 3~9, 1998 $37,800 Faced a Co-champ on his first and final playings.

Season 15Edit

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Lance Johnson September 16~22, 1998 $51,301
Andrew Maly November 30~December 4, 1998 $44,100
James Arey December 15~21, 1998 $42,802
Helen Petroff April 14~20, 1999 $43K
Michael Rooney April 28~30, May 24~25, 1999 $50,201 5-game run was interrupted by College Tournament.
Terry Currin June 21~25, 1999 $40,598

Season 16Edit

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Steve Fried September 27~October 1, 1999 $45,200
Eddie Timanus October 20~26, 1999 $69,700 Passed the Jeopardy! test despite the fact that he was blind.
Darlene Lieblich December 10~16, 1999 $35,197
Jack Archey December 28, 1999~January 4, 2000 $51,302
Lee Lassiter January 25~31, 2000 $54,599
Jeremy Bate February 4, 21~24, 2000 $55K 5 game run was interrupted by College Tournament.

Alternate in Million Dollar Masters.

Robin Carroll March 13~17, 2000 $64,100 2000 Tournament of Champions Winner.

Won the 2001 International Championship in Las Vegas.

Mike Blumenfeld April 7~13, 2000 $44,400
Doug Lach July 6~12, 2000 $85,400
Tad Carithers July 14~20, 2000 $60,400

Season 17Edit

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Michelle Clum September 13~19, 2000 $50,200
Andrew Garen September 20~26, 2000 $56,100
Brad Rutter October 30~November 3, 2000 $55,102 Current all-time champion.

2001 Tournament of Champions winner.

2002 Million Dollar Masters Tournament winner.

2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions winner.

2014 Battle of the Decades Tournament winner.

Michael Arnone January 9~15, 2001 $54,499
Rick Knutsen March 6~12, 2001 $57,300
Bob Fleenor March 28~April 3, 2001 $55,700
Ryan Moore April 4~10, 2001 $39,800
Larry Cloud April 12~18, 2001 $66,100
Babu Srinivasan May 16~22, 2001 $75,100
Mark Eckard June 8~14, 2001 $69,600
Lan Djang June 20~26, 2001 $51,100
Kevin Keach June 27~July 3, 2001 $50,703
Alan Bailey July 12~18, 2001 $61,501

Season 18Edit

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Mark Dawson September 14~20, 2001 $52,599 2003 Tournament of Champions winner.
Trevor Norris November 5~6, 21~23, 2001 $54,604 Last 5-time Champ before clue values were doubled on 11/26/2001.
Ben Tritle May 16~22, 2002 $78,600 Longest gap between 5-time champs under the "5-time Champ Rule" (101 games).

Season 19Edit

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Mark Brown October 3~9, 2002 $68,094 Died on January 23, 2013 at age 48.
Travis Troyer February 18~24, 2003 $83,100
Brian Weikle April 10~16, 2003 $149,200 5-day Champ highest total winning.
John Beck June 13~19, 2003 $117,099 The last retired 5-time champion.

Each Season 5-day Winner RecordEdit

S number
1 15
2 5
3 9
4 9
5 5
6 11
7 8
8 12
9 7
10 8
11 5
12 8
13 4
14 9
15 6
16 10
17 13
18 3
19 4
T 151

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