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November 26, 2014

The Final Wager – Wed 26 Nov 2014

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On tonight’s episode, one player learns an important lesson in Jeopardy! strategy.The Final Wager – November 26, 2014

Joel made a big run toward the end there, but needing 1,401 to put the game away, went for a clue with 800. Will it come back to haunt him?

Mariusz Galczynski: 4,800
Aggie Lee: 8,000
Joel Stjernholm: 15,400

The Final Jeopardy! category: 20th CENTURY NOVELS

With Mariusz out of contention, the carousel will continue to spin. Tonight’s champion will be the ninth different player to grace the champ’s podium in as many games.

The record stood at eight when I made this video last year.

Ryan Alley. Casey LaPlante. Caitlin Malcuit. Hillary Huttenhower. Charles Brower. Jennifer Healy. Doug Perez. Mariusz Galczynski. And … whom?

Let’s take a look at our wagers. Remember, we’ll add and subtract the extra dollar at the end.

Basic strategy – second doubles up

Joel should wager 600 to cover Aggie.

Aggie needs to get it right, so she might as well wager everything. To cover she’ll need to wager least 6,800.

Mariusz is out of contention for the victory, but should cap his wager at 3,600 to stay above Angie should she miss.

Basic strategy – third doubles up

If Joel wants to be aggressive with his wager, he can risk up to 5,800 to stay above an all-in by Mariusz.

When ties were an option, I was loathe to recommend wagering more than the bare minimum. I’m now open to bigger wagers in certain circumstances; more on that later.

What actually happened

Final Jeopardy wagering November 26, 2014

As many did before him, Joel finds out the hard way why almost having the lock is often not enough.

The Final Jeopardy! clue

20th CENTURY NOVELS

IN 1940 HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE FROM OKLAHOMA LYLE BOREN DENOUNCED IT AS A “DIRTY, LYING, FILTHY MANUSCRIPT”

Correct response: Show

 

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