When James Holzhauer made a relatively low stint in the final Jeopardy round on Monday night in the episode "Jeopardy !," many viewers scratched their heads – but "Jeopardy!" Experts say the professional player's bet was the best he could have done under the circumstances.
Holzhauer only bet $ 1,399 in Final Jeopardy, prompting even Alex Trebek to point out the unusually low number, but Brad Rutter, the frontrunner of all times at risk! "Wins, the Washington Post said, that this is the absolute Holzhauer had $ 23,400 for Final Jeopardy, Emma Boettcher for $ 26,600 in first place and Jay Sexton for $ 1
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When Boettcher has deployed $ 20,201 would guess, she would have $ 6,399 left If he had guessed rightly in this scenario, Holzhauer would have won $ 24,799. If Sexton has answered incorrectly and Boettcher and Holzhauer have guessed wrong, he could have won. As a result, Holzhauer made a bet that would have cost him $ 1 more than Sexton's $ 22,000 maximum profit potential, Rutter noted.
If Holzhauer had bet everything correctly and Boettcher had correctly guessed the last question of danger, Boettcher would still have won.
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Holzhauer told Action Network that Rutter's analysis was correct.
"I knew that I could only win if Emma missed Final Jeopardy, because there was no way she would not bet to cover my all-in bet, so my only worry was to overtake from third place and I bet just enough to make sure he's excluded, "he said. Big bets would have been for the good looking cameras, but now I'm turning my straight bet (missing Emma) into a parlay (Emma misses, and I understand it correctly). "
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Woodcutter, who had won 32 games in a row before his defeat, finished his term with $ 2,464,216, including the 2,000 USD, the e had earned r in his last game. This sum is below the record of "Jeopardy!" Legend Ken Jennings, who earned $ 2,520,700 in 2004 within 74 wins.
Joseph A. Wulfsohn of Fox News contributed to this report.