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March 31, 2014

Battle of the Decades preview: 2000s, game 11

Battle of the Decades – preliminary round
1980s 1990s 2000s
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
knockout rounds

Our first game of 2000s week pits two Tournament of Champions winners against the Fan Favorite.

Jeopardy! Battle of the Decades 2000s Game 11

Click to see the wagering history of:

Colby Burnett, winner of the 2012-B Teachers Tournament and the 2013 TOC
Celeste DiNucci, 5-timer and winner of the 2007 TOC
Tom Nissley, 8-timer, #4 in all-time regular earnings ($235,405), and “Fan Favorite”


Prediction:

I’ll go with Colby here, since he’s been the most consistently strong player. If Tom is trailing heading into Final, his history of over-wagers will probably come back to haunt him, since a lot of these FJ! clues have been thorny.


Colby Burnett


Not much wagering history for this Teachers Tournament and (most recent) TOC champ. In both single-game “win or go home” situations, he had the lead and wagered to win.

Teachers Tournament semifinal (11/16/12)

Colby Brenton Drew
13,800 7,300 0

Proper wager: 901
Actual wager: 901

TOC SF (02/21/13)

Colby Dan Stephanie*
22,000 19,200 10,600

Proper wager: 16,401
Actual wager: 16,401


Celeste DiNucci

Celeste has had solid wagers when trailing, with the exception of her TOC semifinal, in which an under-wager from both her and an opponent placed her into a tiebreaker question.

Celeste had locks in her first and fourth games, and tacked on a dollar from first in game 3.

Game 2 (07/21/06)

Alex Celeste Steve
12,300 8,600 400

Proper wager: 0 – 1,200
Alternate wager: 8,600
Actual wager: 1,199

Game 5 (07/26/06)

Matthew Celeste Theresa
19,600 15,600 5,600

Proper wager: 4,000 – 4,400
Alternate wagers: 4,401 – 7,600; 15,600
Actual wager: 7,599
Verdict: allowing Theresa back into the game, but covering a smallish wager by Matthew.

Game 6 (07/27/06)

Eugene Danielle Celeste
15,000 9,600 7,400

Proper wager: 7,400
Actual wager: 7,400

TOC semifinal (11/13/07)

Jeff Christian Celeste
15,400 13,100 8,800

Proper wager: 8,800
Alternate wager: 4,200
Actual wager: 6,601
Verdict: with that wager, she is going to lose if she’s wrong, so she might as well go all-in.


Tom Nissley

Tom had locks in game 4 and his TOC semifinal, and has always gone for the extra dollar when leading. Both times he trailed, however, he went all-in (nearly) when it didn’t make sense to do so.

Game 5 (12/20/10)

Bob Tom Julia
21,000 18,400 11,200

Proper wager: 5,200 – 7,200
Actual wager: 18,399
Verdict: the category was in Tom’s wheelhouse, but remember that Ken Jennings once missed a Comic Books final.

Game 9 (12/24/10)

Chris Tom Marissa
14,600 11,800 8,000

Proper wager: 4,200 – 6,200
Alternate wager: 0 – 1,800
Actual wager: 11,799
Verdict: too much, but only the alternate wager would have saved him, and he’s far too aggressive for that.

2 Comments
  1. Cerulean permalink

    In the Teachers’ Tournament, Colby should have wagered 901, not 801.

  2. Cerulean permalink

    Sorry: 801, not 901.

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