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October 1, 2013

Wagering practice – Finding an optimal Penultimate Wager

To kick off October, I’m beginning a new series called The Penultimate Wager. You see, I’m sick of not only bad Final Jeopardy! wagering, but also when someone blows the unique situation of finding a Daily Double on the last clue of Double Jeopardy!.

This scenario comes from a game between two mega-champions: 8-time winner Tom Kavanaugh (who will appear in The Battle of the Decades) and 6-time winner Kevin Marshall.

Kevin is the challenger here, and he’s got a sizable lead over Tom going into the last clue – but the DD belongs to Tom. He wagered 5,201, angling for the lead by a dollar, and locked himself out after his miss.

Keep in mind Rule #0 applies here: the goal is to come back the next day. What would you have wagered as Tom on the category WOMEN POETS?

You might find the concepts in Part Two of my tutorial helpful!

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You can find the answer here.

(Thanks to the J! Archive)

Answers to Monday’s scenario:

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  1. I’ve got a wager of 3400 and tanking the question. While I can’t guarantee leader will offer the tie under normal situations, I’d bet that the leaders bets nothing when it guarantees he comes back!

What do you think?