The Jeopardy! Seniors Tournament was a 2 week event that featured contestants who were over 50 years of age, which was held each season from 1987-1995, before being cancelled in 1996. It was formatted identically to the Tournament of Champions, the College Championship, and the Teen Tournament, with winners receiving $25,000, as well as qualifying for the next Tournament of Champions.
Five of the ten Seniors Tournament winners (Peggy Kennedy, Ouida Rellstab, Lou Pryor, Leonard Schmidt, and Marilyn Kneeland) advanced to their Tournament of Champions' semifinals (albeit all as wild cards), with both Pryor & Kneeland winning to advance to the finals, though both lost their 2 day final. Rellstab and 1987 winner Zeke Sevilla, Jr. were also invited to 1990's Super Jeopardy! tournament, both losing in their quarterfinal appearance.
The 1991 tournament notably saw the first ever Jeopardy! tournament game with a triple zero finish in Final Jeopardy!, necessitating a fifth wild card for that year's semifinals.
At least two finalists of the Tournament of Champions from the original Art Fleming-hosted version of Jeopardy! qualified for the modern show's Seniors Tournament, with 1965 winner Babs McClellan making the 1989 semifinals, and 1969 finalist Elliot Shteir making the 1995 finals.
|3||May 4, 1987||May 15, 1987||Zeke Sevilla, Jr.|
|4||May 9, 1988||May 20, 1988||Peggy Kennedy|
|5||July 10, 1989||July 21, 1989||Ouida Rellstab|
|6||July 9, 1990||July 20, 1990||George Soule|
|7||July 8, 1991||July 19, 1991||Lou Pryor|
|8||July 6, 1992||July 17, 1992||Leonard Schmidt|
|9||July 12, 1993||July 23, 1993||Marilyn Kneeland|
|10||July 11, 1994||July 22, 1994||Bart Thomas|
|11||July 10, 1995||July 21, 1995||Aaron Klein|
|12||December 18, 1995||December 29, 1995||David Cuneo|