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July 29, 2014

Daily analysis, Tuesday, July 29 – Teen Tournament SF #2

2014 Teen Tournament
Overview Teens in the TOC Joe Taglic interview
Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
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It’s the midpoint of the semifinals – and right from the get-go, this one was looking like a doozy.The Final Wager – July 29, 2014

Holy crap, you guys – this was one hell of a gunfight. Mad props to both gentlemen for seeking out those Daily Doubles and taking advantage of them.

Joe Taglic: 21,800
Cooper Lair: 23,200
Selena Groh: 3,000

The Final Jeopardy! category: DAYS OF THE WEEK

It’s a shame only one can survive.

Basic strategy – first vs. second

Cooper should wager 20,401(!) to lock out Joe.

If he’s wrong, he’ll have 2,799, so Joe should cap his wager at 19,000, and Selena at 200.

Basic strategy – second vs. third

Joe can wager at most 15,799 to remain above Selena.

Basic strategy – Rule #3

Joe should wager 1,401 to cover a zero wager by Cooper, and at least 2,800 to cover an “unsafe” wager. This is a Shore’s Conjecture, Strong Form situation.

Mind games – Shore’s Conjecture

Cooper might wager 14,400 to cover a Shoretegic wager by Joe. In response, Joe should consider capping his wager at 12,999. We could go back and forth but there’s really no point.

What actually happened

What an epic match.

The Final Jeopardy! clue for July 29, 2014 (DAYS OF THE WEEK):


Correct response: Show


  1. Kelly permalink

    I guess they decided to change the rule on how a triple-zero semifinal is handled so we wouldn’t have the potential unfairness that happened in last year’s Teen Tournament (since they presumably don’t want to sequester the players like they do in the quarterfinals just on the off change one of the games doesn’t have a winner). It looks like the new tiebreaker rule is similar to what you said they did in the UToC (a tie at zero is treated like a tie at any other score and a tiebreaker clue is given to see who advances).

    What would be interesting is if we ever have a semifinal game where no one had a positive score going into Final – would the “least negative” player be the winner?

    Did you find out about the rule change from one of the contestants? If they changed it for the Teen Tournament then presumably that applies to the other tournaments too.

    • Someone mentioned it on JBoard. Can’t remember exactly where.

      • Kelly permalink

        I found the post – it’s in the “Random Questions” thread and was posted by one of the players in this tournament.

What do you think?