Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 23, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category American History) for Tuesday, April 23, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 162):

On May 1, 1869 these 2 men met at the White House, 4 years & 3 weeks after a more historic meeting between them

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Kevin Donohue, a principal from Los Angeles, California
Kevin Donohue on Jeopardy!
Claudia Walters, a grant writer from Mesa, Arizona
Claudia Walters on Jeopardy!
James Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, Nevada (13-day total: $942,738)
James Holzhauer on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who are Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

On April 9 1865, Robert E. Lee, then in charge of the Confederate Army, surrendered at Appomattox Court House, Virginia to Ulysses S. Grant, then in charge of the Union Army. By May 1869, Grant was President of the United States, while Lee was President of Washington College in Lexington, Virginia (now Washington and Lee University). The 1869 meeting, according to reports at the time, lasted about 15 minutes.


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

Scores going into Final:
James $68,816
Claudia $8,400
Kevin $7,800


Tonight’s results:
Kevin $7,800 + $7,793 = $15,593
Claudia $8,400 + $7,201 = $15,601 (Who are Grant & Lee? Love you guys?)
James $68,816 + $50,000 = $118,816 (14-day total: $1,061,554) (Who are U.S. Grant & R.E. Lee Hi Autumn <3)


James Holzhauer, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 23, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
James $20,000
Claudia $1,200
Kevin $600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
Daily Double locations:
1) MERCURY $600 (17th pick)
James 8200 +8200 (Claudia 800 Kevin 600)
2) TALKING DEAD $1200 (19th pick)
James 33200 +10016 (Claudia 7200 Kevin 6600)
3) DO “OVER” $1600 (23rd pick)
James 46816 +20000 (Claudia 7200 Kevin 6600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 173


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


Game Stats:
James $34,000 Coryat, 41 correct, 1 incorrect, 68.42% in first on buzzer
Claudia $8,400 Coryat, 8 correct, 0 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer
Kevin $7,800 Coryat, 8 correct, 1 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $50,200
Lach Trash: $2,400 (on 3 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $1,400


James Holzhauer, stats to date:
497 correct, 18 incorrect
14/16 on rebound attempts (on 34 rebound opportunities)
56.89% in first on buzzer (450/791)
32/35 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $319,366)
13/14 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $29,757


James Holzhauer, to win:
15 games: 96.753%
16: 93.611%
17: 90.572%
18: 87.631%
19: 84.785%
75: 13.351%
Avg. streak: 43.797 games.
(This is using the updated model.)


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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 88 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 2.5736 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.0579).
An average of 3.8817 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.3166).

An early cutoff took place 0.039% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

James Holzhauer qualified 100.000% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 95.442% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 80.568% of the time.
Lindsey Shultz qualified 49.109% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 17.900% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 5.476% of the time.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Today’s one-day total was the 2nd-highest one-day total of all time. James now holds the top seven one-day totals and eight of the top ten. His last six games are 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, and 10th all-time.
  • Ken Jennings took 30 games to reach $1 million, and 33 games to pass $1,061,554.
  • As per the prediction model, James has a 51.676% chance of surpassing Ken Jennings’ regular-season total of $2,520,700.
  • James Holzhauer, Austin Rogers, and Ben Ingram are the only three players in the history of the show to get 13 of their first 14 Final Jeopardy! clues correct.
  • $18,800 is the largest-ever lead a contestant has had over second place at the end of the Jeopardy! round.

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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 23, 2019"

  1. What time do you typically update the page with the results? EST.

  2. Mark Barrett | April 23, 2019 at 11:57 am |

    James should be 100% to win 14 games since he has already done it? 😉

  3. Mark Barrett | April 23, 2019 at 1:05 pm |

    If Tom Cubbage is ever so fortunate to get invited to his 6th J! special event then he could have a chance to take his 12/13 on FJ! clues to 13/14 to match the guys listed above.

  4. Just speechless over James. I can see this being the first of many millions in his life. Aside from the chance at more Jeopardy games and tournaments I think he’ll end up with many other fruitful opportunities as a result of his incredible run on this show. Congrats to James.

    • Guessing this isn’t the first of many millions. He’s quite the successful gambler. This is a man who is not risk averse. And it shows.

      • I know he’s got to lose sometime (although that may be a year from now), but he’s going to have to have a phenomenally off day with not answering questions and bad buzzer skills for that to happen. I can’t even picture a scenario where that would happen anytime soon.

      • Is that known for certain? I thought that he merely placed bets and wagered on sports with other peoples’ money? Not that he necessarily had wealth himself. Not sure but would be interested in the answer.

        • He was financially secure enough that he was able to take a few years off work to start a family.

  5. I wonder what Lee and Grant talked about for those fifteen minutes.

  6. Probably about how much money James can actually win

  7. James was the subject of a question on HQ Trivia app’s game show-themed game today. (What is occupation of the Jeopardy player with the highest single-game winnings? Ans: Sports Bettor). So now you really know he’s made it. :-p

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