Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 19, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category British Monarchs) for Friday, April 19, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 160):

A “VI” has followed these 3 royal names of English kings

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Gabby McGregor, a public affairs manager from Reno, Nevada
Gabby McGregor on Jeopardy!
Nate Marks, an actuary from Woodland Hills, California
Nate Marks on Jeopardy!
James Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, Nevada (11-day total: $771,920)
James Holzhauer on Jeopardy!

Jeopardy champion from earlier this season Lori Goodman has collaborated with other Jeopardy contestants to create the Jeopardy-style Haggadah supplement you didn’t realize your Passover Seder needed!

James has cemented his spot in the next Tournament of Champions. Our ToC Tracker shows who else is in the field.

If you’re curious to see how James’ stats so far shape up to those of Ken Jennings, you can find them at A James Holzhauer vs. Ken Jennings Statistical Comparison.

After yesterday’s game, James reached 300 correct responses on the show, becoming one of only a few players to reach that milestone! See who else has done so on our 300 Club page!

Did you write any of the online tests last week? You can find last week’s questions and answers here!

The Jeopardy! Book of Answers is out now! Here’s my review.

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Correct response: What are Henry, Edward, and George?

Did you know that you can now find game-by-game stats of everyone, including James, who has won 10 or more games on Jeopardy!, here on the site?

More information about Final Jeopardy:

Henry VI served during the Wars of the Roses, and held the English throne during the Wars of the Roses (along with Edward IV). Edward VI, the son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, succeeded Henry VIII. The third VI, George VI, was King of England immediately prior to Elizabeth II.

Since Alex Trebek’s diagnosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer, many community members have been raising money. The Jeopardy! Fan Online Store is as well! All proceeds from any “Keep The Faith And We’ll Win” shirt sold will be donated to Alex Trebek’s preferred charity. (The de facto alumni association is currently inquiring with the show in order to determine Alex Trebek’s preferred charity; this will be updated when that has been determined. To date, over $240 has been raised.)

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

Scores going into Final:
James $45,000
Gabby $4,800
Nate $2,200

Tonight’s results:
Nate $2,200 – $0 = $2,200 (What is the most benevolent and glorious reign of Queen Shannon I?)
Gabby $4,800 – $300 = $4,500 (What are William, George & Henry?)
James $45,000 + $35,006 = $80,006 (12-day total: $851,926) (What are George, Edward & Henry Happy Birthday Katy <3)

James Holzhauer, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 19, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
James $5,400
Nate $2,600
Gabby $2,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) PHRASE ORIGINS $800 (8th pick)
James 1800 -1800 (Nate 1000 Gabby 800)
2) THE END $1200 (4th pick)
James 8200 +8200 (Nate 4200 Gabby 2000)
3) BALLET $800 (25th pick)
James 28400 +15000 (Gabby 2800 Nate 1800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 53

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0

Game Stats:
James $25,600 Coryat, 35 correct, 4 incorrect, 63.16% in first on buzzer
Gabby $4,800 Coryat, 7 correct, 1 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer
Nate $2,200 Coryat, 8 correct, 2 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $32,600
Lach Trash: $12,200 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,200

James Holzhauer, stats to date:
417 correct, 17 incorrect
13/15 on rebound attempts (on 30 rebound opportunities)
55.75% in first on buzzer (378/678)
26/29 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $258,424)
11/12 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $29,083

James Holzhauer, to win:
13 games: 95.66%
14: 91.51%
15: 87.54%
16: 83.74%
17: 80.11%
Avg. streak: 34.047 games.


Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 90 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 2.8693 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.1502).
An average of 4.4102 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.4269).

An early cutoff took place 0.186% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

James Holzhauer qualified 100.000% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 90.450% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 69.585% of the time.
Lindsey Shultz qualified 35.813% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 8.942% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 1.844% of the time.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Today’s one-day total was the 5th-highest one-day total of all time. James now holds the top five one-day totals and six of the top eight.
  • James is now in third place all-time in total Jeopardy! winnings (including tournaments).
  • As James’ performances stay closer to the mean and his variance decreases, the model believes that outlier performances are less likely and his win percentage increases accordingly.
  • With James being incorrect on the first clue of today’s match, Liz Haigney Lynch’s record of seeing 179 consecutive clues without being incorrect remains intact.
  • With $436,891, James has broken the record for most amount of money won on a single taping day. The previous record, $332,429, was set last week by James. The pre-James record was $221,200, set by Ken Jennings on July 19-23, 2004 (games 34 through 38 of his run).
  • Effective in first on buzzer: James 67.92% (36/53), Gabby 15.09% (8/53), Nate 16.98% (9/53)

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20 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 19, 2019"

  1. Hearing Better Man by Pearl Jam on radio right now and it will now always remind me James 😄

  2. James is like a steamroller obliterating everything in his path. What I think is most impressive is that there doesn’t seem to be a category to which he doesn’t know the answers. His buzzer skills and huge wagers would mean nothing without his amazing breadth and depth of knowledge.

  3. Just did some quick math, so correct me if I’m wrong. James has won $436,891 this week ALONE. This also means that his average this week per game was a bit over $87K

  4. When will his “stats to date” be updated for today’s game?

  5. @Andy
    Did we have any TS today? Doesn’t say yet.

  6. Debbie Hodges | April 19, 2019 at 7:21 pm |

    I was getting worried with Alex being sick and so many one or two hit wonders on the the show, how long would it last? Thank You James for renewing my faith in mankind’s brain again! I truly hope Alex pulls through as well. Been a faithful Jeopardy fan since day one.

  7. Lovonda Novak | April 19, 2019 at 7:41 pm |

    please tell James if he runs out of people to give a shout out to he can write my name down and say “ Happy Day Lovonda” ! I love watching Jeopardy and enjoy him playing!!

  8. Christina O. | April 19, 2019 at 8:22 pm |

    Was it just me or did tonight’s Jeopardy board contain more difficult questions? I know “difficulty” is subjective but do you think the Producers are making the Categories and questions tougher in order to keep winnings down?

  9. Mary A Rose | April 19, 2019 at 9:17 pm |

    I am reminded of Arthur Chu’s method of tackling the Jeopardy board by jumping all over the place, a method for which he was criticized and chastised. I thought it was great because it kept the contestants on their toes–or should have. No one seems to mind James using a “bottoms up” method, one which I also love. Top to bottom, one category at a time, is b-o-r-i-n-g!

  10. Admin note: Because of the basketball-related pre-emptions throughout the West Coast, the public-facing spoilery parts of the website will not be updated until tomorrow morning.

  11. Edwina K. Gill | April 19, 2019 at 11:00 pm |

    I’m really enjoying the show right now because James seems to be such a nice guy. Very refreshing personality and poise. Does he really make his living by gambling?? I’m very happy for him. Our prayers are with Alex.

  12. Been watching jeopardy a very long time now and when you got someone up there like James playing.. just amazed even more

  13. Jeopardy novice here. I saw that Jeopardy just finished taping its 35th season. Does that mean that no new episodes will air until the fall? If not, how many more with James on them (assuming he keeps winning) have been taped?

  14. Christopher Denault | April 20, 2019 at 5:21 pm |

    “…With James being incorrect on the first clue of today’s match, Liz Haigney Lynch’s record of seeing 179 consecutive clues without being incorrect remains intact…”

    I guess I can say I’m “honored” to be one of Liz’s on-stage victims. But would it have killed her to miss one or two for me? 😉

  15. Pizza Face Fred | April 21, 2019 at 12:54 pm |

    Nine Triple Stumpers is the highest since 4/11, when there were seven. I was hoping he was on pace for the lowest number average of Triple Stumpers for a long-term (10 or more wins, say) champ, if there is such a stat…

  16. Kathy Ciechanowski | April 22, 2019 at 1:18 am |

    I like James for not being boastful.

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