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February 17, 2016

Final Jeopardy! wagering analysis:
Wednesday, February 17, 2016

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I’ve got only one thing to say about tonight’s game:

Woof.

I mean, look at these scores.

Chris

Becker (3x)

Katie

Oliver

Tim

Kutz

34,000 11,800 23,800

After the finalists in the 2014 Tournament of Champions racked up $56,800 before Final in their first match-up, I compiled the highest-scoring competitive games of all time – situations where all three players were mathematically in contention.

The previous record: $58,400.

Tonight: $69,600.

And Tim and Katie did their work without the benefit of a single Daily Double.

Unfortunately, we have one of the worst possible categories to decide tonight’s game.

THE AFI’s 100 YEARS… 100 MOVIES

The analysis is the same as always, just with some bigger numbers than usual.

First-order calculations

Tim’s in a weird position, because he can keep Katie locked out… but won’t come anywhere close to covering a small wager out of Chris.

Chris
Katie
Tim
34,000 11,800 23,800
FIRST-ORDER SECOND-ORDER COVER ZERO
min max min max min max
13,600 8,600 200
10,400 3,400

Second-order calculations

As a result, I’m fine with him going big.

Chris
Katie
Tim
34,000 11,800 23,800
FIRST-ORDER SECOND-ORDER COVER ZERO
min max min max min max
13,600 8,600 200
10,000 20,200*

What actually happened

Chris Katie Tim
34,000 11,800 23,800
13,601 11,800 22,799
20,399 0 46,599
min max min max
13,601 11,800 199
9,999 23,800

Wow. Someone was definitely taking down at least $20,000 – but I wasn’t really anticipating that wager out of Tim. He must really love movies.

And now I have to update the list of highest single-game totals; Tim is in 57th, and I believe second among those who made the list in their first game, behind Myron Meyer. (Someone will fact-check that for me, I’m sure.)

Congrats to all three players, and especially to Chris, who played the game the way it was meant to be played.

The Final Jeopardy! clue

THE AFI’s 100 YEARS… 100 MOVIES
THIS MAN WHO WAS IN “THE GODFATHER” & “APOCALYPSE NOW” IS THE ONLY LIVING ACTOR IN 6 OR MORE FILMS ON THE LIST

Correct response: Show

The Final Wager – February 17, 2016
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3 Comments
  1. So fun to watch you watch the FJ live. I hope you keep that up. Thanks so much for this whole site. It’s a fun thing for so many of us out there. Good job Keith.

  2. In their respective Game 1s, Kevin Joyce got $49,699 and Jack Feerick got $48,600.

    • Shane permalink

      Don’t forget Mark Runsvold winning $48,000 in his first game!

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