2022 Tournament of Champions Recap: The Semifinals
Andrew He, who previously went on a five-game win streak in Season 38 before losing to Amy Schneider last November, took down seeded 23-game super-champ Mattea Roach and six-day champ Eric Ahasic on Friday. He closed out his semifinal game in impressive fashion with a runaway, finishing with a tidy sum of $37,863 in large part due to his rapid buzzer timing and bold all-in Daily Double wagering strategy.
While seeded 38-day super-champion Matt Amodio and four-day champ John Focht put up a good fight in Thursday’s semifinal, it was 2021 Professors Tournament champion Sam Buttrey who ultimately emerged victorious. The Naval Postgraduate School associate professor secured his spot in the finals with a score of $33,601 after picking up two clutch Daily Doubles and responding correctly in Final Jeopardy!
For her part, Amy kicked off the semifinals on Monday with a runaway victory of her own against Tyler Rhode and Maureen O’Neil. The 40-game winner came in red hot, finishing the Jeopardy! round with a ToC-best $12,600. Not content to coast, Amy continued her dominance by racking up two Daily Doubles and responding correctly in Final Jeopardy! to finish with a score of $19,664.
Amy, Sam and Andrew are now set to go toe-to-toe (to-toe) in what could end up being a seven-game finals starting Monday, November 14. The first champion to secure three victories will win this year’s tournament title and grand prize of $250,000.