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May 9, 2016

Final Jeopardy! wagering analysis:
Monday, May 9, 2016 (Teachers SF #1)

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On tonight’s video, I share my experience filming episodes outside of Culver City. (It’s a strange feeling – one this week’s contestants have to dive into without the benefit of wild cards.)

Kaberi made two solid Daily Double wagers tonight – and as I say in the video, my gut says going big more often leads to victory than to defeat.

Peter

Buchholz

Kaberi

Chakrabarty

Nicole

Throckmorton

15,600 26,600 9,400

Kaberi’s Penultimate Wager knocked Nicole out of contention (although a dollar more would have been slightly better, in case we got to see one more clue).

This one is straightforward.

What actually happened

Peter Kaberi Nicole
15,600 26,600 9,400
7,500 4,601 9,400
23,100 31,201 18,800
15,600 4,601

Not sure why Peter didn’t go for everything, since there’s no difference between second- and third-place prize money in tournaments. (I’d love it if regular gameplay would follow the same rules.)

Congrats to Kaberi – we’ll see her on Thursday and Friday!

The Final Jeopardy! clue

LEGISLATION
THE ORIGINAL LAW CALLED THIS WAS PASSED IN 1944; TODAY THERE’S A “POST-9/11” VERSION THAT ALSO PAYS FOR 36 MONTHS OF UNIVERSITY EDUCATION

Correct response: Show

The Final Wager – May 9, 2016
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One Comment
  1. jdgalt permalink

    I was surprised by Peter’s bet also, but I went further with the analysis.

    1. Peter can double to 31,200, therefore Kaberi should bet exactly 4,601. Even a triple stumper will leave him in first with that bet.

    2. If Kaberi bets 4,601 and loses, he’ll have 21,999. So in Peter’s shoes I bet 11,001, thus covering a zero bet by Kaberi and forcing Kaberi to get it right. (I considered a bet of 6,400 also, which still beats 21,999 if Peter gets it right, but that isn’t any better even in a regular game — it is still enough that if Peter misses, Nicole can catch him. Peter would have to bet 6,199 or less to stay above Nicole, and in a game where second place is worth nothing, that doesn’t make sense.)

    3. Nicole can’t catch Kaberi unless he does something stupid. So her bet doesn’t matter. (In a regular game, I would bet zero in her shoes, thus beating Peter for second place if he misses. A bet other than zero cannot help her chances, even for second place.)

What do you think?