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.
The winner gets Dan Pawson and Larissa
Kelly next week.... God help him.
Won Game 5
Won Game 4
Won Game 3
And the theme of the final... Youth
is served. The Jeopardy! round...
"A" TRAVEL CATEGORY
GET OUT YOUR BIBLES
ARCHITECTURE WORDS (&
POKING AROUND SPACE
WORDS WITH ALL 5 VOWELS
After the break, it's a
mad search for the Daily Double.... Here's a hint...
it's under "Poking Around Space".
Daily Double: $1000
Poking Around Space. Took Aaron long enough. He
earned $7600 looking for that stupid thing. Mark has
$3000, Ben has $1200, and we still have another
round after this. Aaron just bets the level on this:
Greek name of NASA's series of probes launched in
the mid-'70s to study the Sun. "What is Apollo?"
Nope, Helios, which drops him to $6600.
At the end of the Jeopardy! round...
Double Jeopardy! categories:
HOW'S YOUR LATIN?
Daily Double #1: $800 Kings. Ben has
rallied to within a hair of the lead, $10,600 to Aaron's $11,000. Mark has
$6600. Ben wagers $9000... Yes, really. He could either win it here or lose it
here. The clue: a busy guy, he was King of Italy (1900 to 1946), Emperor of
Ethiopia (1936 to 1941) & King of Albania (1939 to 1943). "Who is... Victor
Emanuel?" You, sir... have $19,600!
Daily Double #2: $1600 Classical
Music. Mark is way behind with $8600 to Aaron's $11,000 and Ben's $21,600. The
question now... How badly do you want to win this? "Well, we're in Vegas. I'll
bet $8000." The clue: "Blessed are they that go mourning" is the opening chorus
of Brahms' "German" this. "What is Requiem?" ... $16,200, right there.
At the end of the Double Jeopardy!
If that last round gave you
whiplash, you are not the only one.
- Aaron wins if he bets
between $2401 and $5000 should both Ben and Mark bet against each other
and lose. Of course, it would help his cause immensely if he was right.
- For Mark, it's all or nothing. Bet it all if you're comfortable, but
if you think there's a triple stumper waiting, bet nothing. Either
gambit will result in you having a better than fair chance of winning.
- Ben wins if he bets $12,401 and is correct. So how grande are
your huevos, mi amigo?
It's all a question of one
thing, a question that has been asked before today... How badly do you
want to win this? A better question... How good do you think you are on
Final Jeopardy! category:
CIVIL WAR SITES
OF THE 6 CIVIL WAR-RELATED
NATIONAL MILITARY PARKS, THE NORTHERNMOST & SOUTHERNMOST ARE IN THESE 2
Correct response: what are
Pennsylvania & Mississippi?
Aaron's response: what are Pennsylvania & Mississippi? CORRECT. Wager:
$12,000. Total: $26,600.
Mark's response: what is Pennsylvania & Georgia? WRONG. Wager: $12,201. Total: $4799.
Ben's response: what is Pennsylvania & Louisiana? WRONG. Wager doesn't
And just like that,
Cinderella is going to the Big Dance! The man did everything right...
except wager the correct amount in the Final... and STILL has a date at
the final table. And yet because of the big wagers made by the two guys
that ended up losing, it still could've gone any way... Aaron said it
himself... "That was RIDICULOUS!"
And here is who he's playing
against next week...
Game 1 Winner
Game 6 Winner
Game 2 Winner
Game 7 Winner
Game 4 Winner
Game 8 Winner
So what happens in Vegas? A
$250,000 payday, that's what. Next week.
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