Francois Barcomb of New Paltz returning to Jeopardy! for the Tournament of Champions

Francois Barcomb

Francois Barcomb of New Paltz, who won the Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament in May, will be one of the 15 contestants in the game show’s upcoming Tournament of Champions to air November 4-8 and November 11-15. Among the other 15 top competitors set to face off for the $250,000 grand prize is James Holzhauer, who recently won 32 consecutive Jeopardy! games and amassed more than $2.4 million in winnings.

Barcomb, a physics teacher at Hendrick Hudson High School in Westchester County, was crowned Teachers Tournament champion on the episode that aired May 17, securing the top prize of $100,000.

The Tournament of Champions, like most Jeopardy! tournaments, will whittle its starting field of 15 down to three finalists by way of five quarterfinal games and three semifinal games. The winners of the quarterfinal games, along with the four high scorers among the non winners, will advance to the semifinals. The three semifinal winners then will play in the championship round.


The championship round consists of two games, and the player with the highest two-game money total will be the winner. The guaranteed minimum prize for the champion is $250,000.

Besides Barcomb and Holzhauer, the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions will feature Josh Hill, Ryan Fenster, Kyle Jones, Rob Worman, Alan Dunn, Steven Grade, Eric R. Backes, Anneke Garcia, Lindsey Shultz, Emma Boettcher (who dethroned Holzhauer), Gilbert Collins, Rachel Lindgren and Dhruv Gaur (who won the College Tournament).