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The best players from the past year return to the stage where they made their mark for one more run. At the end of the rainbow, a pot of gold... $250,000.

Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN

Host Alex Trebek
Clue Crew Jimmy McGuire
Kelly Miyahara
Sarah Whitcomb
Announcer Johnny Gilbert
Creator Merv Griffin
EP Harry Friedman
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Finals: Zollinger/Balse/Goodreau - Part 2
May 2
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Last week, fifteen of the best of the past year came to play the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions... Six of them left broken and humiliated, but with $5000 and the keys to a small but growing fraternity. Six of the final nine have fallen, leaving only the final three. Now in a first-of-its-kind rematch of game 5, video game tester Stefan Goodreau, chemical engineer Vijay Balse, and engine assembler Jason Zollinger will compete for a quarter of a million dollars. Second place gets $100,000. Third gets $50,000.

Jason blew his wad last time, meaning that he's going to have a heck of a hill to climb tonight.

Jason Zollinger
South Dayton, NY
engine assembler
Game 7 Winner
Vijay Balse
Chatham, NJ
chemical engineer
Game 8 Winner
Stefan Goodreau
Los Angeles
video game tester
Game 6 Winner
$0 $9,200 $5,800

Jeopardy! round ...

YEATS
IS GREATS
SONG
LYRICS
FASHIONABLE
WORDS
CELEBRATIONS
OF THE MONTH
MISSING
PERSONS
CAUSED BY...

Daily Double: $400 Song Lyrics. Jason finds it on the second clue. He bets the max of $1000 on this: in REM's "It's the End of the World As We Know It", 2 of the 4 men with the initials "LB". "Who are Leonid Brezhnev & Lenny Bruce?" Correct for $1200! The others: Lester Bangs and Leonard Bernstein.

At the end of the Jeopardy! round...

$2,400 $4,000 $6,200
Jason Vijay Stefan

Double Jeopardy! categories:

ORES 1970s
TV CASTS
TREATIES GERMAN
LITERATURE
ABBREV. THE JULLIARD
SCHOOL

Daily Double #1: $2000 Treaties. Jason bets all of his $4000 on this: the Montreux Convention of 1936 returned control of these 2 straits to Turkey. "What are the Bosporus & the Dardanelles?" Correct for the doubler, $8000!

Daily Double #2: $2000 German Literature. Jason has a chance to overtake Stefan. He has $13,600 to the leader's $15,800. He bets $3000 on this: during World War I he fought on the Western Front & was wounded several times; he later wrote a 1929 novel about it. He blanks on Erich Maria Remarque, leaving him with $10,600.

$10,200 $8,800 $17,000
Jason Vijay Stefan

Once again, it's time to crunch some numbers... If Jason doubles up, he goes to $20,400. If Vijay doubles up, he goes to $26,800, but he has to protect his lead from Jason. A safety bet of $2201 will do that. Stefan is in a position where he holds all the cards and control of his own destiny. Even if he bets absolutely nothing, he'll still have enough to win the tournament should Vijay decide on the safety bet.

Simple strategy here for Vijay: bet at least $5000 and force Stefan to play to win. The potential benefit far outweighs the risk.

Final Jeopardy! category: FROM NOVEL TO FILM

 

FIRST PUBLISHED IN 1880 & MADE INTO A FILM IN 1907, 1925 & 1959, IT WAS THE FIRST WORK OF FICTION BLESSED BY A POPE

 

Correct response: what is "Ben-Hur"?

Vijay's response: what is Ben-Hur? CORRECT. Wager: $5000. Total: $13,800.
Jason's response: what is Ben-Hur? CORRECT. Wager: $8700. Total: $18,900.
Stefan's response: what is I got none right? WRONG. Wager: $4001. Total: $12,999.

Final Jeopardy! decides it again...

  $9,200 $5,800
  +13,800 +12,999
$18,900 $23,000 $18,799
1st RUNNER-UP
$100,000
CHAMPION
$250,000
2nd RUNNER-UP
$50,000

Six auditions over 16 years pay off handsomely. Congratulations to VIJAY BALSE, your 2010 Jeopardy! Grand Champion!

Back to regular games Monday.

To read all about the tournament and the contestants, go to www.jeopardy.com.