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May 16, 2014

Battle of the Decades: finals, game two

Battle of the Decades – knockout rounds
Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 1 2
preliminary round

In a two-day final match, scores from Day One are closer than they appear.

As I explain this video, scores from the first game are effectively halved, since you can’t wager anything from it in the second game.

Therefore, Roger – whose -800 is, mercifully for him, augmented to zero – needs to be beating Brad by just 5,001 and Ken by just 3,501 heading into Final to have control of his own destiny.

Final Jeopardy wagering May 16, 2014 preview

I’ve still got my money on Brad, but one clue could (and almost certainly will) change the complexion of the match instantly.

In the past, our players have behaved predictably: wagering to take control of their own destiny when the situation called for it.

I can’t wait to see what happens!

Brad Rutter

Tournament of Champions (11/02/14)

Player Brad Rick Tad
Day One 2,500 3,000 1,300
Day Two pre-Final 9,300 8,300 6,800
Day Two wager 7,801 3,601 0
Grand Total 19,601 7,699 8,100

Million Dollar Masters (05/14/02)

Brad almost had it locked up.

Player Brad Eric Bob V*
Day One 11,800 0 6,800
Day Two pre-Final 13,600 12,800 400
Day Two wager 201 12,800 400
Grand Total 25,601 25,600 7,600

UTOC semifinals (05/20/05)

Brad had it locked up.

Player Brad Chris John
Day One 10,000 10,000 13,500
Day Two pre-Final 26,600 7,800 5,200
Day Two wager 0 6,101 5,000
Grand Total 36,600 11,699 13,700

Ken Jennings (and Brad)

UTOC finals (05/24/05)

Brad had it locked up, but Ken had to take care of Jerome for second.

Player Brad Ken Jerome*
Day One 38,400 26,000 19,600
Day Two pre-Final 23,600 9,400 8,300
Day Two wager 0 801 7,300
Grand Total 62,000 34,599 20,600

IBM Challenge (02/16/11)

Ken could wager up to 1,399 to stay above Brad. (Not sure how a tie for second would have been broken, since there were different amounts for second and third.)

Player Ken Brad Watson
Day One 4,800 10,400 35,734
Day Two pre-Final 18,200 5,600 23,440
Day Two wager 1,000 5,600 17,973
Grand Total 24,000 21,600 77,147

Roger Craig

Tournament of Champions (11/15/11)

Roger couldn’t have lost even if he wagered everything.

Player Roger Tom N* Buddy
Day One 50,000 18,800 6,000
Day Two pre-Final 15,600 14,600 4,600
Day Two wager 14,400 14,600 0
Grand Total 51,200 18,800 10,600
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