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Gainesville's Dhruv Gaur competing in 'Jeopardy!' 2019 tournament of champions
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Lakeview Academy graduate Dhruv Gaur, right, pictured with Alex Trebek, competing on "Jeopardy!" in April of 2018. (photo courtesy of "Jeopardy!")

With $100,000 in winnings already, a Lakeview Academy graduate will head back to “Jeopardy!” to test his buzzer finger and trivia mettle against 14 other contestants.

Dhruv Gaur, of Gainesville, is on the roster for the tournament of champions airing Nov. 4-15.

Gaur won the $100,000 college tournament grand prize in April 2018 after multiple matches in the 15-student field.

The list of competitors this time includes James Holzhauer, of Las Vegas, who won 32 consecutive games and garnered $2.46 million in winnings.

The taping for the tournament is set for September, with the winner walking away with a $250,000 grand prize.

Now done with his sophomore year at Brown University, Gaur is working on research with an economics professor.

He told The Times Tuesday, July 16, he hasn’t been able to watch the show as regularly since attending college, but he was familiar with the champions he may face in the tournament.

“Of course, James (Holzhauer) is, I think, already a ‘Jeopardy!’ legend, so playing against him or even just meeting him and watching him play will be really cool,” Gaur said.

Following his $100,000 winnings, Gaur previously told The Times he planned to save for graduate school, potential business ventures or other large personal investment opportunities.

“I also paid off a semester of college, which you know at Brown is quite a bit. That felt really, really good,” Gaur said.

Gaur will have two opponents with Georgia hometowns: Alan Dunn, of Johns Creek, and Steven Grade, of Atlanta.

Dunn and Grade both won five games and more than $100,000.

The competition

  • James Holzhauer, Las Vegas, won $2,462,216, won 32 games
  • Josh Hill North, Little Rock, Arkansas, $163,721, 7 
  • Ryan Fenster, Seatac, Washington, $156,497, 7 
  • Kyle Jones, Aurora, Colorado, $145,403, 7 
  • Rob Worman, Edina, Minnesota, $133,900, 6 
  • Alan Dunn, Johns Creek, $120,802, 5 
  • Steven Grade, Atlanta, $115,501, 5 
  • Eric R. Backes, Round Rock, Texas, $105,602, 4 
  • Anneke Garcia, Salt Lake City,  $104,497, 4 
  • Lindsey Shultz, Pittsburgh, $101,002, 4 
  • Emma Boettcher, Chicago, $97,002, 3 
  • Gilbert Collins, Princeton, New Jersey, $84,201, 5 
  • Rachel Lindgren, Bend, Oregon, $75,999 5 
  • Dhruv Gaur, Gainesville, $100,000, college champion 
  • Francois Barcomb, New Paltz, New York, $100,000, teachers champion

The winner of this tournament will walk away with a $250,000 grand prize.

Following his $100,000 winnings, Gaur previously told The Times he planned to save for graduate school, potential business ventures or other large personal investment opportunities.

Gaur will have two opponents with Georgia hometowns: Alan Dunn, of Johns Creek, and Steven Grade, of Atlanta.

Dunn and Grade both won five games and more than $100,000.

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