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Wagering practice – Penultimate time!

October 18, 2013

You’ll want to watch Part Four before tackling this situation, which comes from September 27. Sarah, trailing by 100, has found a Daily Double on the last clue in Double Jeopardy!.

She’ll want to wager enough to put herself in first, surely – but what amount should she wager so that if she’s wrong, she’ll optimize her chances of returning the next day? Note: there might be more than one answer.

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Hint: Remember the two wager-to-tie scenarios I suggested you memorize in Part Four:

evenly-spaced scores
first = second + third

Click here for my thoughts!

(Thanks to the J! Archive)

Answers to Thursday’s scenario:

(click to view as a slideshow)

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One Comment
  1. Kelly permalink

    Using your special scenarios, I think $6,700 would be good (end up third with evenly-spaced scores if wrong). I chose a wager of $6,400+ since that would put her above 1.5 times Neal’s total if right and thus force her opponents to get Final right to win. (As a side-note, evenly-spaced scores as you described it applies only when 2nd is within 2/3 of the leader. If between 2/3 and 3/4 3rd will be in a “must-get-Final-right” position like Sarah would be on a Daily Double miss in your scenario. If at 3/4+ then 3rd is close enough to bet and stay above where his/her opponents would likely land on a miss.)

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