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April 10, 2015

Friday, April 10, 2015

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For an overall analysis of Alex’s strategies, check out this post.

It wasn’t easy beating [Kerry] Greene – but Chris Hurt did it, and he’s back to defend.

Will someone screw things up for me because I’m at the gym?The Final Wager – April 10, 2015

Geez, I hope not – particularly with these scores.

To steal a correct response from tonight’s game: Wow! Alex made two solid Daily Double wagers and he’s reaping the benefits here, with the game in hand.

Chris

Hurt

Laura

Kohlenberg

Alex

Jacob

10,800 1,800 23,200

Tonight’s Final Jeopardy! category is:

RUSSIANS

Not much to calculate here. But I do want to talk about Alex’s gameplay. That after the scores…

Chris Laura Alex
10,800 1,800 23,200
9,200 1,700 0
20,000 100 23,200
min max min max
7,200 1,599

[NOTE: This is what I wrote before I was aware Alex was a professional poker player.]

In fact, I have to apologize. There were points when I assumed – probably because I was on the treadmill and not really able to focus on facial expressions and such – that Alex was just stalling.

I texted a few people before Final to see what they thought, and they set me straight. Dude was nervous as hell! Once he had the game locked up in Final, he was content to just wager zero, breathe for 30 seconds, and not worry about thinking.

Huge props to Alex for overcoming the nerves and doing what he had to do to put the game away early.

It could have been worse:

And for all of the people tweeting about how Alex was probably stoned during this episode: unless he snuck a brownie in with him, no way he could stay high for an entire tape day. #science

Have a great weekend, everyone!

The Final Jeopardy! clue

RUSSIANS
THE SUBTITLE OF A BIOGRAPHY ABOUT THIS EARLY 20th CENTURY MAN IS “THE SAINT WHO SINNED”
Correct response: Show
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2 Comments
  1. Patrick permalink

    Alex was stalling. Anyone who says otherwise is ignorant of his poker skill and how stalling can be used to one’s advantage in tournament play. Nervous as hell? Alex has played in bigger games for bigger stakes, where showing one’s emotions can be devastating. If Alex looked nervous, he was giving off fake tells.

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