A beat is when a good hand is beaten by a
lucky hand... A Bad Beat is when it happens to you. And at a new
high-def, high-tech battle arena showcased at the International Consumer
Electronics Show in Las Vegas, it's happened to six $5000 winners so far
on the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions, leaving just the final nine.
Now they will take on each other for one of only three seats in our
version of the final table. At stake, $250,000 and the title of
Jeopardy! Grand Champion.
Wild cards... Gone. Second chances...
Gone. For these nine people, it's WIN... OR GO HOME.
Another standard two-week affair awaits with an minimum guarantee of
$100,000 for second place and $50,000 for third.
Semifinalists are guaranteed at least $10,000. As always, any and all winning
accrued depends on how far up the ladder a player goes.
So far, Dan Pawson is awaiting two more
people. One of them.... one of these three.
El Cerrito, CA
Won Game 2
Aliso Viejo, CA
high school teacher & grad student
Wild Card from Game 1
Wild Card from Game 3
Two Wild Cards against the
winningest contestant of the 15. The Jeopardy!
A STORIED HISTORY
OTHER PLACES TO GAMBLE
WRITERS ON FILM
WORDS IN TOURNAMENT
For category #6, every
response will be a word you can make out of the
letters in "tournament".
Daily Double: $600
Writers on Film. Larissa finds it early with only
$400 to Cora's $200. She bets the max of $1000 on
this: "In Love and War" showed this author as an
ambulance driver wounded in WWI & falling for his
nurse. "Who is Ernest Hemingway?" Correct for $1400!
At the end of the Jeopardy! round...
Double Jeopardy! categories:
THE RIVER RHINE
ADD AN ELEMENTAL SYMBOL
Dave is hunting for a miracle... and
he finds it.
Daily Double #1: $1200 The Crusades.
Dave has been answering and fishing at the same time and as a result, he has
$7000 to Larissa's $10,800. Cora has $1800. "I promised myself I'd do this, but
it's a little different here." Go big or go home. For $14,000 and the lead...
After this wife of Louis VII took part in the second Crusade, the church forbade
women to join future Crusades. "Who is Eleanor of Aquitaine?" ..... IS RIGHT for
Dave goes BACK fishing... but
someone else finds it... Someone else who hates to lose... Someone who might
have her own Wikipedia entry, perhaps.
Daily Double #2: $1600 The River
Rhine. Larissa turned an auto-pilot moment into $18,800, while Dave went
southward to $12,000. Cora has $6200. Larissa wagers $4000 on this:
Switzerland's third-largest city, this port on the Rhine handles much of the
country's cargo. "What is Zurich?" Nope, it was Basel, dropping her to $14,800.
At the end of the Double Jeopardy!
Unlike yesterday, all three
are very much alive.
- Cora wins if she bets
everything, while Larissa and Dave bet over $7201 and over $3601
respectively and lose.
- Dave wins if he bets $3600 or LESS and Larissa bets to lock Dave
out... and of course gets it wrong.
- Larissa wins if she bets $10,801 or more and is correct. But really,
she only needs to bet a dollar or two since Dave's optimal move would be
to tie her.
Final Jeopardy! category:
GODS OF ANCIENT EGYPT
APPROPRIATELY THE CENTER OF CULT
WORSHIP FOR THIS ANCIENT EGYPTIAN GOD WAS IN CYNOPOLIS, "CITY OF THE DOG"
Correct response: who is Anubis?
Cora's response: who is no idea? WRONG. Wager: nothing Total: $5400.
Dave's response: who is Sirius? WRONG. Wager: $3600. Total: $10,800.
Larissa's response: who is Anubls? CORRECT. Wager doesn't matter... only
it does. Read on.
This could've gone either
way if Larissa didn't know what she was doing. Unfortunately, it was a
case of your brain writing a check that your hand may not have been able
to cash. She bet $12,000 when she would've been better off betting $2.
If she is to win a quarter million dollars, she literally can't afford
to make that mistake again.
Semifinal #3 next time.
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