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The Gambler - April 19

So far, no one has been able to crack the million dollar question. Will ALEX OUTHRED, a 34-year-old poker pro who graduated from PS 81 in the Bronx, be the first?

He summons Laura to be the first to help him out. First question.

4th Grade History $1,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
What is the first name of US President Taylor?

Alex goes for it. Zachary... is right for $1000! Laura said... "Zachery."

Next up...

1st Grade Grammar $2,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
What is the root word of the word "longest"?

The four classmates got it right. Alex goes with long...  Laura went with long... Both are right for $2000!

Laura goes back to the class, as Jacob takes the stage. Round 2 begins with...

1st Grade US Geography $5,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
In terms of land area, which is the smallest US state?

Alex thinks that maybe it's Rhode Island. He's made up his mind of that, but now he has to go with his options. In the end, he just says Rhode Island...

After we meet the fiancee in the audience... We find out that he's right!

Next question.

2nd Grade Animal Science $10,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
How many legs does a butterfly have?

It's either six or eight. He decides to copy Jacob's answer. The correct answer: six.

Jacob's answer... six!

Okay, Jacob's time is up. Milestone question coming up with Alana.

4th Grade Math $25,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
What is the numeric value of the Roman numeral "L"?

Easy. It's 50. He's right. Next one...

Freeball coming...

3rd Grade Social Studies $50,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
How many justices serve on the US Supreme Court?

There's Scalia... there's "The old guy". He's thinking either seven or nine. Alex will...

"Will you pick an answer, man!"

Okay, okay! Seven. That's... not right. Correct is nine.

Alana says... nine! Saved! Next up for round 4... Spen-SAAAH. Heh.

2nd Grade Measurements $100,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
If March 1 falls on a Wednesday, on what part of the week does April 1 fall?

Spencer is locked. Alex decides to talk his way through it. He goes with ... Saturday. Spencer said Saturday...


Alex reveals his secret: combine his instinct with his analysis. That failing... Pray.

5th Grade World Georgraphy $175,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
The Strait of Magellan runs through the southern tip of what continent?

Spencer is locked. Alex can still peek. He says, "It's either Africa or South America." He deduces it to South America...But he peeks in case. Spencer said, "South America." Alex goes with it... RIGHT for $175,000.

No more help as he apologizes to Kyle. Nice of him

3rd Grade English $300,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
What is the simple past tense of the verb "drink"?

Easy answer is "drank". The alcoholic answer is "drunk". The poker player answer... is drank...

The poker player ... is right!

5th Grade Earth Science $500,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
Which element comprises the majority of the Earth's atmosphere?

Alex thinks he knows it. He KNOWS he knows it. First, he quotes the fiancee: "It's $25,000 more than we came with." He thinks it's nitrogen... about three-quarters. He makes sure before he locks it in.

"I gotta do it, sweetheart. It's nitrogen."

Alex... risking $275,000... gets told that the class got three different answers.

After the break... Spencer said oxygen. Alex said nitrogen... RIGHT! We're playing for a million dollars!

So now we have a choice... Once you see the category, you can play the question or walk away with $500,000.

The category is...


Alex decides... that $500,000 is good enough for him. He's dropping out. But just for fun, let's see what the question would've been.

Who was the first US Secretary of the Treasury?

"Alexander Hamilton." .... Correct. He would've been the first millionaire of this show, leaving Alex to say...

"I am smart enough to take the money... but I'm not smarter than a 5th grader."  But with half-a-mill, he can afford not to be.

New student next time...


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