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May 2, 2014

Daily analysis, Friday, May 2

Tonight’s winner will also get a two-week break for the Battle of the Decades. Who will it be?The Final Wager - May 2, 2014

Sadly for her, LaWanda forgot an “n” in “Gangnam” [Style], so Julia’s going to join the double-digits club. Congratulations!

Julia Collins: 18,600
LaWanda London: 7,600
Elissa Burr: 5,200

The Final Jeopardy! category: BUSINESS HISTORY

Basic strategy

Julia can place up to 3,400 at risk.

LaWanda should wager 2,800 to take her destiny into her own hands.

Elissa should wager no more than 399 to stay above LaWanda on a double-miss.

Mind games

LaWanda might wager up to 2,000 if she thinks Elissa will go small.

Elissa might wager everything (but at least 4,401) if she thinks LaWanda might go small.

The lost “n” turns out to be moot, and it’s Julia who gets the two weeks off (for real this time). We’ll see you on Monday for the conclusion of The Battle of the Decades!

The Final Jeopardy! clue for May 2, 2014 (BUSINESS HISTORY):


Correct response: What is Scotch tape?

  1. I’ve been a fan since you started posting these, but one thing I’ve never understood: why do you advise trailing players to bid as though placing second is better than placing third? As far as I can tell there is no difference at all between them (unless it’s a special event like a Tournament of Champions where some non-first-place players will get to come back).

    Thus, if I’m in a game like this one, and I’m the second place player, I’m either going to bet everything (and hope first place bets to tie me if she loses, as you tell her to do) or bet zero (if it’s a category I probably can’t answer and I just want to take my money and go home). I don’t see the point of even caring if the third place player overtakes me, so I don’t care.

    • Thanks! Glad you’ve enjoyed the series.

      The consolation prizes are different: second gets $2,000 and third gets $1,000. I’ll never suggest a player reduce his chances of winning to avoid finishing in third (see the second place player’s wager on Thursday), but when first has it locked up, you should try to claim the extra grand.

What do you think?