Coming Back From A Distant Third In A Tournament

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Alex Trebek often mentions that a player in a distant third often comes back to win in these situations. But does it really happen that often?

Stefan Goodreau has provided a list of all of the times where the third-placed player has come back to win in one of Jeopardy’s 2-day matches (9 times in over 100 matches).

Thanks, Stefan!

1987 Tournament of Champions
Bob Verini: $3,800 + $11,000 + $1,201 = $16,001
Dave Traini: $7,600 + $4,200 + $4,200 = $16,000
Eugene Finerman: $6,800 + $2,400 + $2,400 = $11,600

1988 Tournament of Champions
Mark Lowenthal: $5,000 + $10,900 + $8,101 = $24,001
Bruce Naegeli: $12,800 + $5,600 + $399 = $18,799
Sandra Gore: $13,000 + $5,000 – $5,000 = $13,000

1992 College Championship
Billy Baxter: $9,800 + $8,300 + $8,100 = $26,200
Stephanie Leveene: $11,900 + $9,900 – $5,000 = $16,800
Nick Jungman: $10,000 + $3,400 + $3,400 = $16,800

1995 College Championship
Ben Lyon: $5,500 + $9,500 + $2,000 = $17,000
Rebekah Reeves: $6,000 + $5,500 + $2,300 = $13,800
Steve Smith: $8,000 + $2,200 + $2,000 = $12,200

1999 Tournament of Champions
Dave Abbott: $7,100 + $7,200 + $7,200 = $21,500
J.J. Todor: $9,000 + $5,800 + $5,800 = $20,600
Juliet Wiley: $7,400 + $4,100 – $4,000 = $7,500

2006 Teen Tournament
Papa Chakravarthy: $4,000 + $23,000 + $1,601 = $28,601
Andrew Kreitz: $6,500 + $4,600 + $4,599 + $15,699
Matt Klein: $11,800 + $8,400 – $8,400 = $11,800

2007-B Teen Tournament (Teen Tournament Summer Games)
Meryl Federman: $0 + $22,000 + $16,601 = $38,601
Greg Peterson: $25,000 + $6,800 + $6,800 = $38,600
Kyle Neblett: $18,000 + $9,200 + $9,200 = $36,400

2013 Teen Tournament
Leonard Cooper: $3,000 + $37,000 – $0 = $40,000
Barrett Block: $17,600 + $9,000 + $9,000 = $35,600
Nilai Sarda: $19,000 + $14,400 – $7,000 = $26,400

2013 College Championship
Jim Coury: $8,600 + $14,200 + $11,789 = $34,589
Trevor Walker: $11,000 + $8,200 – $3,601 = $15,599
Kristen Jolley: $10,000 + $8,600 – $4,199 = $14,401

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1 Comment on "Coming Back From A Distant Third In A Tournament"

  1. It seems like February 2016 College Championship.

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