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October 28, 2013

Wagering practice – how to show restraint

This is from David Menchaca’s second game in Season 28. What would you do as Jim, who’s in third here?

David Menchaca Jim Stekelberg Sally Greene Final Jeopardy Slide1

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(Thanks to the J! Archive)

Answers to Friday’s scenario:

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I see four “decent” wagers for Hillary with the Daily Double to enter a wager-to-tie situation. If she’s confident, she might wager 4,000 or 2,400 and hope she gets an easy clue; if she’s not, she could try to “toss” 1,400 or 4,200.

I think 2,400 is her best wager. If she’s right, she’s in second place; if she’s wrong, she still forces second to wager to beat her.

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  1. Kelly permalink

    This is actually a fairly straightforward scenario – from Jim’s position unless I had reason to think that one or both of my opponents would bet “small” I’d probably wager no more than $1,400 to beat both of them should they make the bet to cover and miss. This logic applies whenever 3rd is within 2/3 of 2nd (and thus can wager to beat 2nd’s cover bet on a double miss) and has at least twice the difference between 1st and 2nd’s score (and thus can beat 1st’s cover bet if they both miss).

What do you think?