Battle of the Decades preview: 2000s, game 12
|Battle of the Decades – preliminary round|
To see what happened, check out my recap.
Two more TOC champs and a very strong wild card fill our second set of competitors. And that’s no joke.
Click to see the wagering history of:
Vijay Balse, winner of 4 games and the 2010 TOC
Roger Craig, winner of 6 games and the 2011 TOC; holder of the one-game record ($77,000)
Stephanie Jass, winner of 7 games, most by a female contestant; lost to Colby Burnett in the 2013 TOC semis
Despite the strength all around, it’s tough to bet against Roger here – he’s well-versed in his knowledge and isn’t afraid to seek and exploit Daily Doubles. With the difficulty of questions we’ve seen in the first two weeks, however, this could come back to haunt him.
I’ll have to admit I’m a bit biased in rooting for Vijay – he’s one of my oldest Jeopardy! friends, dating back to my College Championship run. He and his wife sent invitations to me as reminders to watch his episodes. Little did any of us know he’d end up being a TOC champ!
Game 5 (03/10/10)
Proper wager: 7,900
Actual wager: 3,300
Verdict: this is a wager-to-tie situation for Cyd (2/3 scenario). Vijay might have been angling for a three-way tie.
Roger is a popular pick to win this tournament, and for good reason. A computer-science whiz, he mined the J! Archive for details on what clues show up most frequently and where the Daily Doubles are usually hidden. He’s also aggressive: he wagered $30,000 on a Final to take the one-day record in game 2, and his back-to-back True Daily Doubles in the TOC Finals is the stuff of legend.
Don’t let the good looks fool you – Stephanie (last name pronounced YAHSS) is a force to be reckoned with. She had a huge lead in her eighth game but missed Final, an unfortunate end to what could have been a double-digit run. She also has a great sense of humor: check out her contestant photo with Alex.
TOC semifinal (02/21/13)
Proper wager: 10,600
Actual wager: 10,000
Verdict: no need to keep that 600 off the table!