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November 2, 2016

Final Jeopardy! wagering analysis:
Wednesday, November 2, 2016

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Let’s see if we can end our carousel of champions.

The Orson Welles compilation from The Critic, by the legendary Maurice LaMarche (who voiced The Brain from Pinky & the Brain and several Futurama characters):

Fun little situation heading into Final:

Vivek

Ravishanker (1x)

Courtney

Cissel

Dennis

Fipps

15,000 10,000 7,000

Let’s see what everyone should do.

First-order calculations

Courtney has exactly 2/3 of Vivek’s total, so this is a wager-to-tie situation. Dennis spoils the fun, since he more or less forces Courtney to go all in.

Vivek
Courtney
Dennis
15,000 10,000 7,000
FIRST-ORDER SECOND-ORDER COVER ZERO
min max min max min max
5,000 5,000 10,000 3,000
0
1,000

What actually happened

Vivek Courtney Dennis
15,000 10,000 7,000
5,001 2,000 3,001
20,001 8,000 3,999
min max min max
5,000 5,001 10,000 3,001
0
999

Poor wagering from Courtney twice (that late Daily Double was no good, either), but either way, it’s moot – Vivek has now won 2 games and $43,200.

The Final Jeopardy! clue

EW‘s 50 GREATEST MOVIE DIRECTORS
HE “INAUGURATED A NEW DEPTH–BOTH VISUALLY…AND EMOTIONALLY…AND (HAD) A VOICE THAT PAID THE BILLS UNTIL HE DIED”

Correct response: Show


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