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How to wager in Final Jeopardy!

September 2015: The fine folks at Jeopardy! asked me to put together an overview of wagering strategy. Click on the image below to check it out!

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As of November 24, 2014, Jeopardy! now resolves all ties with a tiebreaker question, rather than by naming the players co-champions and having them both return the next day.

Since my original tutorials were based on the concept of wagering for the tie, I needed to revise them. I devised a new method, as well. (Here is the archive of tutorials, the basics of which are still useful.)

Part One: Wagering for two players

Part Two: Wagering for three players
[coming soon]

Should I wager to tie?

The Final Wager calculator screencap

4 Comments
  1. Joe Vreeland permalink

    Win or lose, the second and third place position gets a nominal payout anyway. The winner is the only one who gets to keep the final tally. So, betting everything is the only smart answer. Those who try to win by $1 are wasting their money and the only possible chance of taking it all, by tossing it all into the ring.

    The minimum a you is $1000.00, and you’ve been on national tv.

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