Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 10, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category European History) for Wednesday, April 10, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 153):

In 2000 the Russian Orthodox Church canonized 7 members of this family, 82 years after their deaths

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Laura Hertzfeld, a journalist from Venice, California
Laura Hertzfeld on Jeopardy!
Jeff Henderson, a retail manager from Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Jeff Henderson on Jeopardy!
James Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, Nevada (4-day total: $244,365)
James Holzhauer on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Romanov?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

The Romanovs were the last imperial family of Russia, consisting of Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Tsarina Alexandra, and their five children Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and Alexei. They had been killed in the Russian Revolution of 1918 and were deemed martyrs by the church, though not without controversy, as some felt that it was the ineffective rule of Nicholas II that had brought the revolution in the first place.


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Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!

Scores going into Final:
James $33,200
Laura $5,800
Jeff -$600


Tonight’s results:
Jeff -$600 (did not qualify for Final Jeopardy)
Laura $5,800 + $1,000 = $6,800 (Who are the Romanovs? Hi JSK19)
James $33,200 + $21,122 = $54,322 (5-day total: $298,687) (Who are the Romanovs Happy Birthday Pete <3)


James Holzhauer, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 10, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
James $6,400
Laura $5,600
Jeff $200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) HOLIDAYS & OBSERVANCES $1000 (6th pick)
James 3000 -3000 (Laura 1800 Jeff -1000)
2) THE CIVIL WAR $1600 (5th pick)
James 9200 +9200 (Laura 5200 Jeff 200)
3) MOLLUSKS $1600 (18th pick)
Laura 12000 -7000 (James 28400 Jeff 1400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -58


Unplayed clues:
J! round: MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE & JOHN $200; WE AREN’T THE CHAMPIONS $200
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $400


Game Stats:
James $28,600 Coryat, 31 correct, 2 incorrect, 56.36% in first on buzzer
Laura $12,800 Coryat, 18 correct, 2 incorrect, 30.91% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts
Jeff -$600 Coryat, 4 correct, 3 incorrect, 12.73% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $40,800
Lach Trash: $4,400(on 3 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,400


James Holzhauer, stats to date:
161 correct, 6 incorrect
8/9 on rebound attempts
50.71% in first on buzzer (143/282)
9/10 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $92,141)
5/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $27,800


James Holzhauer, to win:
6 games: 95.62%
7: 91.42%
8: 87.41%
9: 83.58%
10: 79.92%
Avg. streak: 26.805 games.


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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 97 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 2.7911 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.5793).
An average of 4.3563 4+-time champions (standard deviation 2.2282).

An early cutoff took place 3.736% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

James Holzhauer qualified 100.000% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 85.191% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 64.377% of the time.
Lindsey Shultz qualified 27.982% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 3.449% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 0.584% of the time.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • With $298,687, James passes Seth Wilson and Arthur Chu on the regular play winnings list and moves to #6 all time in regular play winnings, and to #23 in all-time winnings.
  • James was going for November 22 in his 11/22 on his Final Jeopardy! bet.
  • The record for “most correct responses in a player’s first five games” is at least 165; however, there are players who may hold that record whose entire runs are not in J! Archive.

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20 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 10, 2019"

  1. @Andy
    Isn’t Jonathan out (as soon as we have the new TT winner)? We have Dhruv, the new TT winner as # 1 @2, then 13 “regular” players, currently Josh Hill through Dave Leffler for a total of 15. Jonathan would be the 16th…? Unless they do the ToC before the TT Jonathan is out, no?

    • Sean: the model takes that into account. Jonathan isn’t technically out until James loses, that percentage indicates the chance that James keeps winning for the duration of the model.

      • Got it. James might still be playing when the next ToC is taped. Then he would be in the one AFTER the next…. James is quite something. The FJs this week were rather easy though, today probably the easiest of the 3 so far. Still, WOW!
        James seems to know a lot in many areas. With his job he has probably enough time to study and learn a ton of other things and he is apparently smart enough to take advantage
        of that….good going!!

        • Knowledge is one thing, but he’s also quick on the buzzer. Plus he likes to employ the champion’s advantage, going from top to bottom on the categories and moving around the board to throw off the rhythm of the newcomers. Jeff today just got swamped by James’ speed, which only amplifies the notion that if you are able to buzz in first against him, you better be right.

  2. Sorry that the clues were mean to Jeff.

  3. Michael McCrary | April 10, 2019 at 8:08 pm |

    On today’s game your question about the battle at Hampton Rhodes was not between the Monitor and the Merrimack. It was between the Monitor and the CSS Virginia. The Merrimack was a ship that had burnt to the waterline and the lower portion of the hull was used to build the Virginia. Your researchers need to be more careful.

  4. I did the worst ever on the Jeopardy! online test yesterday. 25 out of 50 (I have my son video my test and I go back and check each answer. 2 years ago I made it to second round but never made it on. I would get KICKED by James.

    I have to say that watching James has been way more fun to watch than even Ken Jennings run years ago. I love his “go for it” betting strategies in the double Jeopardy! questions.

    When Ken Jennings was on I used to record them on VCR with a timed recording! Sure is nice having a DVR now.

  5. center ice | April 10, 2019 at 8:45 pm |

    Andy:

    Since you brought up the Maple Leafs a few weeks ago and their lack of success in the NHL playoffs, here’s to a successful run this season! You might guess by my screen name that I’m a hockey fan. The way I see it, the Leafs can score with the best of them, but (as I’m sure you know) it’s defense that is so important in the postseason. The Bruins have a very good team, but one interesting statistic is that Tuukka Rask is the worst-rated goalie in the NHL with an 88 save percentage since March 1. If the Leafs can take advantage of that and take the lead early in each game, they have a chance. Many Boston fans are taking this series lightly and looking ahead to the second round — in fact, some are saying they’re in store for a “grand slam” (all four pro championships won by Boston teams in a single year). The Leafs can take care of that notion starting tomorrow.

    • It should be an interesting playoffs. I am a Habs fan; thus, I believe I am obligated to cheer for the meteor in a Leafs-Bruins playoff series… 😉

    • As a die-hard Leafs fan, I still consider them to be defending champions. I met Johnny Bower shortly after their 1967 Stanley Cup win – a very nice man…but his face sure showed how long he had played without a mask. I don’t abide by any of this silly NHL expansion notion – bring back the Original Six !! ;D

  6. Either FJ has gotten easier this year, or my one-and-done appearance in late December cured my brain of freezing during the “think music.” (Whenever I used to play along at home, I was generally 50-50 on FJ — but I’ve been nailing it ever since Christmas Eve!)

  7. James has won 5 games, he’d need to do this 13!!! more times to still be shy of Ken’s record run. He’s fun to watch and I’m not saying Ken’s record will never be broken, but I don’t think it will be broken by someone with his style of play…too high risk. The “all in” daily double will do him in before we get to another 65+!!! games.

    • To be fair, I think James knows exactly his positions in the games. His all-in bets tend to come early enough that he expects his buzzer speed can bail him out if he’s wrong (which basically happened today). I think we’ve seen that once he builds a big enough lead, he eases up on his bets, relatively. He still makes big wagers on the Daily Doubles but that’s just a factor of his lead. Like, his $25,000 bet yesterday was record-setting, but he knew it was near the upper limit of what he could bet while still maintaining a lock game.

      Still, I agree that the odds of maintaining his pace for another 70 games are really against him, as they would be anybody, just because of how many variables in the game there are. People get tired taping 5 games a day and that plays into it as well.

      • Good point about the timing of the all-in bets. I agree the Ken record is almost untouchable…too many variables is right.

        • The game has changed too much since 2004. Questions are written differently, and challengers used to only get buzzer practice until they got in first 2 or 3 times. Now they get most of a board.

          My prediction model currently has the chances of James breaking Ken’s wins record at about 4.35%.

          • Andy, can you further elucidate us on your comment about buzzer practice and your feelings about how the answers/questions have evolved since 2004? Thanks.

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