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May 18, 2016

Final Jeopardy! wagering analysis:
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 (Power Players #3)

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On Wednesday, one player did something 90% of Jeopardy! players wouldn’t have the guts to do.

And it was my favorite player of the week, to boot: Louis C.K. bet $5,000 on the Penultimate Wager, risking a fall to second but giving himself a lock (assuming we wouldn’t see any more clues).

Louis

C.K.

Kate

Bolduan

Jonathan

Capehart

18,000 5,200 8,800
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You can see my reaction in the video.

The meaningless Final Wagers

Louis Kate Jonathan
18,000 5,200 8,800
399 5,000 6,000
18,399 200 14,800
min max
399

I was unsurprised to see Louis win – as I mention in the video, comedians have to have a wide range of knowledge to make effective jokes. Congrats, Louis!

The Final Jeopardy! clue

THE SUPREME COURT
WITH THE PASSING OF ANTONIN SCALIA, THIS REAGAN APPOINTEE BECAME THE LONGEST-TENURED JUSTICE ON THE COURT

Correct response: Show

The Final Wager – May 18, 2016
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4 Comments
  1. David permalink

    Correction: *Good* comedians have to have a wide range of knowledge. (Although my wide range of knowledge didn’t help my comedy as apparently one of my knowledge holes is joke writing and telling.)

    • Good addition – that was what I was thinking but never said it. In fact I’d say good comic writing has a lot in common with good trivia writing, namely knowing what your audience will ‘get’ and what will get them to come back again.

  2. Kelly permalink

    The trailers ideally should’ve bet it all since they could exceed the minimum guarantee by going all-in (when they weren’t already there).

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