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June 2, 2016

Final Jeopardy! wagering analysis:
Thursday, June 2, 2016

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Will Kelly Bayles keep our carousel from taking on a new champ tonight?

She looked much stronger tonight, and once again, she nailed the Penultimate Clue to lock up the game heading into Final Jeopardy!.

Kelly

Bayles (1x)

Ariel

Watkins

Ed

Brown

20,600 1,600 10,200

 

This time, however, she got a huge assist from Ed, who made a terrible wager on the Antepenultimate Clue.

Here were the scores:

ANTEPENULTIMATE WAGER
IN THE CANADIAN PROVINCE for $1,600

Kelly

Ariel

Ed

18,600 1,600 7,200
one clue remaining: $2,000

I get it: IN THE CANADIAN PROVINCE gave our contestants some headaches. Ed had already missed a clue where he was spotted Edmonton, and the clue about Regina was a triple-stumper. (Bone up on those capitals, people!)

But here, Ed has to go for broke. Even if he wagers $5 and misses, he can have at most $9,195, leaving him barely locked out.

Instead, he went for $3,000 – maybe eyeing Ariel’s total and trying to guarantee himself second place. Instead…

What actually happened

Kelly Ariel Ed
20,600 1,600 10,200
0 1,400 6,999
20,600 200 3,201
min max
199

…he handed Kelly the game, assuming Kelly would have played for the lockout had Ed doubled up to 14,400 and Ed wagered small.

Rehashing one of my most basic rules: DON’T PLAY FOR SECOND PLACE!

In any event, Kelly has now won 2 games and $37,500.

The Final Jeopardy! clue

20th CENTURY NOTABLES
DESPITE PROTESTS IN 2009 SOME OF HIS PERSONAL EFFECTS AS SEEN HERE WERE SOLD AT AUCTION
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Correct response: Show

The Final Wager – June 2, 2016
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One Comment
  1. If there is any place where your audience will be in favour of hearing superfluous “fun facts” it is on a website dedicated to wagering on a trivia show.

    I, at least, find them interesting, so keep ’em coming!

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