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Final Jeopardy! wagering analyses – Season 30

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Games in red represent games with “wager-to-tie” scenarios.

M T W R F Notes

S
E
P

16 17 18 19 20 Jared Hall, games 3-7
23 24 25 26 27
30 1 2 3 4
O
C
T
7 8 9 10 11
14 15 16 17 18
21 22 23 24 25
28 29 30 31 1

N
O
V

4 5 6 7 8 Rani Peffer, games 1-4
11 12 13 14 15 2013 Teachers Tournament
18 19 20 21 22
25 26 27 28 29 Rani Peffer, games 5-6

D
E
C

2 3 4 5 6
9 10 11 12 13
16 17 18 19 20
23 24 25 26 27 Jerry Slowik, games 1-2
30 31 1 2 3 Jerry Slowik, games 3-6

J
A
N

6 7 8 9 10
13 14 15 16 17 Sarah McNitt, games 1-4
20 21 22 23 24 Sarah McNitt, games 5-6
27 28 29 30 31 Arthur Chu, games 1-4

F
E
B

3 4 5 6 7 Battle of the Decades: 1980s week
10 11 12 13 14 2014 College Championship
17 18 19 20 21
24 25 26 27 28 Arthur Chu, games 5-9

M
A
R

3 4 5 6 7 Battle of the Decades: 1990s week
10 11 12 13 14 Arthur Chu, games 10-12
17 18 19 20 21
24 25 26 27 28
31 1 2 3 4 Battle of the Decades: 2000s week
A
P
R
7 8 9 10 11 Sandie Baker, games 1-3
14 15 16 17 18 Sandie Baker, games 4-7
21 22 23 24 25 Julia Collins, games 1-5
28 29 30 1 2 Julia Collins, games 6-10

M
A
Y

5 6 7 8 9 Battle of the Decades:
quarterfinals
semifinals
finals
12 13 14 15 16
19 20 21 22 23 Julia Collins, games 11-15
26 27 28 29 30 Julia Collins, games 16-20

J
U
N

2 3 4 5 6 Julia Collins, game 21
9 10 11 12 13
16 17 18 19 20
23 24 25 26 27
30 1 2 3 4

J
U
L

7 8 9 10 11
14 15 16 17 18
21 22 23 24 25 2014 Teen Tournament
28 29 30 31 1
Summary
Title
The Final Wager's Daily Analysis
Description
Wondering how the third-place player should have wagered in a Jeopardy! match from three weeks ago? Here's a calendar showing every game in Season 30, with a link to my analysis for that night's Final Jeopardy! wagering.
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19 Comments
  1. Kelly permalink

    Since you’re now highlighting the “wager-to-tie” games, you forgot one: January 7 (with the first-twice-third, with second crushing third scenario)

  2. Shane permalink

    Didn’t Jerry start his run on December 26th? It should be “Jerry Slowik games 1-2” that week and “Jerry Slowik games 3-6” the following week.

    • Keith Williams permalink

      Indeed! Thanks, Shane – I had it stuck in my mind that January 1 (his fifth game) was a Monday.

  3. Kelly permalink

    I’ve been told (I don’t know if that’s a reliable source or not) that this season’s Teen Tournament will air July 21-August 1 (the last two weeks of the season – you need to add another week to the calendar!).

    • Thanks, Kelly – my contract is only for 230 shows, so we’ll have to see 😉

      • Kelly permalink

        Since the season started on Sept. 16 a season end date of Aug. 1 makes 230 shows – just like all the seasons since Season 3 have been. (Who is your “contract” with – does that mean this site may not be active next season?)

      • Well, that was dumb of me! Yes, I thought I had put 230 shows, but I guess I miscounted. And I’m supposed to be the one who’s good at math…

        Haven’t decided what will happen next season quite yet. I’m sure I’ll enjoy the extra free time over the summer break, though!

    • Jeff Xie permalink

      The Teen TOurnament is indeed then. (I was at the taping!)

  4. Kelly permalink

    I think the April 21 game also counts as a “wager-to-tie” scenario (albeit one mainly dealing with the wager between 2nd and 3rd).

    • Indeed. I tend to update this a few days behind to avoid unnecessary spoilers.

      • Kelly permalink

        No problem! (After I posted that one later that day we ended up with yet another wager-to-tie game.)

  5. Rich Shealer permalink

    The link to the Ken Jennings site is for a different Ken Jennings. He lists the correct site as http://www.ken-jennings.com . Thanks for the blog. My wife is never that interested when I critique the players wagering or strategies in game shows.

  6. Joe Taglic permalink

    LOL Jeff forgot to mention: he wasn’t just at the taping, he was one of the players in the Teen Tournament. Can’t wait for the analysis of our wagers! Although tournament wagering is a lot different from regular Jeopardy wagering (except SFs), and the wagering differs with each round.

    • Ha! So humble. I’m excited to see how it shakes out!

    • Blake permalink

      He did not mention it because of spoilers and most viewers want to see contestants they have not seen before.

  7. Kelly permalink

    With regards to the tournament schedule, since this season it looks like they’re back to Kid’s Week as usual (which usually airs at the end of the season, but last one it got replaced with the Teen Tournament), one of the sweeps periods will probably have two tournaments to accommodate all four of the tournaments. (My guess is it’ll be February, since in the past that’s when they usually do “double tournaments” if necessary. Since the Teens ran late last season I’m guessing they’ll get the May spot, and both the College and Teachers tourneys will get February.)

  8. Kevin Kaufman permalink

    Hello Keith, I’m new to this website, and when I discovered it, I fell in love with it instantly. I’m a lifetime Jeopardy junkie. I’ve watched the show religiously for almost 20 years now and have always analyzed the wagering aspect of the game which I find so crucial. I’ve also taken the online test every year since it was first introduced in 2006. Your scenarios are very insightful, and I’m intrigued in what people have to say in their replies. I can’t wait to hear from you. You did great on Jeopardy, and you look even better than you ever did. Good day to you!

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