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May 23, 2016

Final Jeopardy! wagering analysis:
Monday, May 23, 2016

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I thought we were done with Power Players week, but our first contestant tonight works for the Colorado Senate.

Our five-time returning champ has this one locked up before Final.

Buzzy

Cohen (5x)

Heidi

Eichler

John

McKay

19,800 8,200 3,800

Just because I have some extra time tonight, let’s look at the late Daily Double Buzzy picked up.

Late Daily Double
$2000, THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO ‘HM’

Buzzy

Heidi

John

14,800 8,200 3,800
one clue remaining: $2000

Option 1: lock Heidi out right away.

Heidi can have at most 10,200, so Buzzy would need 20,401. If he’s wrong, a wager of 5,601 will put him at 9,399 – still with the lead, but Heidi can catch him.

Option 2: lock Heidi out with her present score.

Buzzy would have to wager 1,601 to do this, and would still have a comfortable lead if he’s wrong. Anything up to 4,599 would be ok, technically, although having more cash on the downside will prove to be more of an advantage in Final.

Final results

Buzzy Heidi John
19,800 8,200 3,800
0 200 1,200
19,800 8,000 2,600
min max
3,399

Buzzy has now won 6 games and $121,202, and gave us a laugh with “see you tomorrow, Trebek”. Indeed, he will!

The Final Jeopardy! clue

U.S. GEOGRAPHY
OF THE 8 STATES THAT TOUCH THE GREAT LAKES, IT’S THE SMALLEST IN AREA

Correct response: Show

The Final Wager – May 23, 2016
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