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October 4, 2013

Wagering practice – Hunting for Daily Doubles

Thanks to reader Kelly for submitting this Penultimate Wager scenario. Let’s say a Daily Double is under the 30th and final clue of Double Jeopardy!.

What should each player wager, should he or she be the lucky finder? Remember: you must wager at least $5 on a Daily Double.

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Answers to Thursday’s scenario:

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  1. dhkendall permalink

    Wouldn’t the category have some bearing on it? I would be apt to wager a lot more Martian on a wheelhouse category, especially with the advantage of seeing the other four clues in the category to determine if this would be easy or not, than if the category was something like “Trinidadian Amateur Ichthyologists” (

    Well, except for Charlotte. Betting at least $1001 is a no-brainer, regardless of category.

    • That’s a great question. Yes, it would. But I would argue that there are at most two optimal wagers for each player, regardless of comfort with the category.

  2. I’m wondering if Abby shouldn’t wager $7500? Yes, it risks the lead if wrong but it also means that if missed, it’s a forced lock tie.

    Considering that Brandon is going to finish in second if he misses the Daily Double anyways, why not bet it all to send it into a tie?

    As to Charlotte, she needs to bet at least $1,001 and hope for second by staying ahead of a Brandon crash.

What do you think?