Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 29, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Organizations) for Monday, April 29, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 166):

The oldest of these business booster groups, formed in Marseille in 1599, uses “de” instead of “of” in the name

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Adam Levin, a sports information director from Ashland, Massachusetts
Adam Levin on Jeopardy!
Jasmine Leonas, a social media specialist from Chicago, Illinois
Jasmine Leonas on Jeopardy!
James Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, Nevada (17-day total: $1,275,587)
James Holzhauer on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is a Chamber of Commerce?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

A Chamber of Commerce is a local organization that can be found worldwide, whose goal is to further the interest of businesses in that community. France’s King Henri IV chartered the first Chambre de Commerce in Marseille, France in 1599. In many countries in Europe, membership in a local Chamber is mandatory; in North America, businesses are not obligated to become a member, but many do, in order to develop local business contacts and help develop the local economy.

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

Scores going into Final:
James $33,517
Adam $27,000
Jasmine $7,800

Tonight’s results:
Jasmine $7,800 – $0 = $7,800 (What is the Legion of Honor?)
Adam $27,000 + $26,999 = $53,999
James $33,517 + $20,500 = $54,017 (18-day total: $1,329,604)

(In case you missed the news which broke on Saturday, contestants are not permitted to give shoutouts in Final Jeopardy.)

James Holzhauer, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 29, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
James $6,200
Adam $5,000
Jasmine $3,800


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) BREAKS & LIVERS $1000 (1st pick)
James 0 -1000 (Jasmine 0 Adam 0)
2) FACTS ABOUT POETS $1200 (14th pick)
James 15000 +10117 (Adam 9000 Jasmine 7400)
3) ALLITERATIVE PHRASES $2000 (20th pick)
Adam 13000 +12000 (James 28317 Jasmine 7400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 60

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

Game Stats:
James $25,600 Coryat, 28 correct, 1 incorrect, 47.37% in first on buzzer
Adam $17,000 Coryat, 20 correct, 0 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer
Jasmine $7,800 Coryat, 9 correct, 0 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $50,400
Lach Trash: $2,600 (on 2 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $1,000

James Holzhauer, stats to date:
636 correct, 23 incorrect
20/22 on rebound attempts (on 43 rebound opportunities)
56.96% in first on buzzer (577/1013)
38/42 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $377,599)
17/18 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $29,567

James Holzhauer, to win:
19 games: 96.737%
20: 93.581%
21: 90.527%
22: 87.573%
23: 84.716%
75: 15.094%
Avg. streak: 47.647 games.
(This is using the updated model.)


Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 84 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:

James Holzhauer qualified 100.000% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 92.607% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 74.321% of the time.
Lindsey Shultz qualified 42.559% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 15.477% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 6.163% of the time.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Adam’s $53,999 is the highest-ever regular-play non-winning score in the history of the show, and is the 21st-highest final score of all time. (James’ $54,017 is 20th.) The previous record was held by Michael Cudahy ($44,400 on June 25, 2004, ironically Ken Jennings’ 18th win), with an honorable mention to Steve Hettinger, who had a pre-doubled $23,000 on March 10, 1998.
  • This is only the second time in James’ 18 games in which he did not have a runaway.
  • This is the first time James has bet $10,117 on a Daily Double; making sure to say “Vegas Strong”, it was a reference to the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017.
  • This is the kind of game that people use to make an argument that runners-up should also receive their final score as prize money. What these people don’t realize is that the fact that the scores are points and not money until the game is won is the very reason why people are able to play the game as aggressively as they are. If all players were always in jeopardy of losing actual money if they were incorrect in Final Jeopardy or on Daily Doubles, do you actually think most players would be willing to bet nearly $27,000 in this spot? You’d see significantly more $0 wagers, and the game would actually be boring. (See my Why Does Only The Winner Keep The Cash?” article from November 2016.)
  • Adam was a carryover contestant from last week’s episodes, explaining how he was able to play to James’ strategy. He would have seen James play five games last week from the audience.
  • The prediction model gives James a 58.814% chance of surpassing Ken Jennings’ winnings total of $2.520,700.

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33 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 29, 2019"

  1. I have a feeling this might be a good game. We are due for one!

  2. Matthew Alvord | April 29, 2019 at 11:21 am |

    Everything about this whole thing is just so amazing. It will be very interesting to see where this goes.

  3. Congrats to Adam! He came so close and it’s nice to see someone step up like that and finally try hard to dethrone James. I just read about no more messages in final. I like the decision.

  4. It will be fun to watch this one!

  5. Larry Bollmann | April 29, 2019 at 1:28 pm |

    18th game by 18 dollars! He is a numbers man. Great game!

  6. freddie leonard | April 29, 2019 at 3:06 pm |

    Whoever eventually dethrones James probably won’t even get half the score Adam got today.

  7. Congrats to James but also to Adam! Must really be tough to lose with a score of 53.999……I think I remeber that we had 2 players in the past who won just 1 buck (and I think both were in the armed forces, one I remember in the Navy, the second one was African American I think, but am not sure of the service branch).

  8. John Christian Ambion | April 29, 2019 at 6:38 pm |

    No shout-outs? No fun wagers? Come on, Jeopardy! producers, you’re not the fun police!

    Anyway, despite winning his 18th game today, not finding any of the three Daily Doubles in his April 26 game is the price. Adam is just a whisker away from being a giant-killer.

    • What we saw today was one giant outduelling another giant. Who knows? Adam may have been a champion for the ages, but had the misfortune of getting selected during James’ run. If you are wondering how James would fare against Ken or Brad, today’s game shows what would likely happen!

  9. @Matt
    Thanks. I believe the 1 buck was the only thing Darryl won, the J archive is having “holes” that far back. So the home games for 2nd and 3rd were probably worth more than the 1 dollar…😊

  10. Noumon Munir | April 29, 2019 at 7:49 pm |

    Wow the first game I have seen where he was actually challenged this time! What a game! the key, in my opinion, is to take the daily doubles off the board because that’s pretty much his strategy

  11. What is the reason for Jeopardy having a “carryover contestant”. Every game ends with the need for 2 new contestants. Thanks!

    • Five shows are taped in one day. Thus, 10 challengers are needed. However, there are rare cases where contestants get sick/run into flight issues/can’t make taping last-minute, so you need to have extra potential contestants in studio just as a contingency. Thus, there are usually 12 challengers on the first day of a 2-day taping session, and 11 challengers on the second.

    • Or the even rarer situation where there is no winner on the day. I suppose Jeopardy needs to be prepared.

  12. Would IBM Watson did what Adam did on the second Daily Double in Double Jeopardy given the same scenario? I would make a large wager on that exact same Daily Double in Double Jeopardy at the same scenario because I favor losing my wager when making an honest effort to prevent a lock game rather than losing on a small wager with a correct response that locks myself out of a chance at first place.

  13. Is this the first time James didn’t have a lock game heading into Final?

  14. Wow. Talk about a close game. Adam did a fantastic job and proves anything can happen going forward.

    • As great as James is, he needed some luck today. If Adam had found both daily doubles in Double Jeopardy round, he most likely would have had the lead, heading into final jeopardy. With this said, both Adam and James were deserving of splitting the two daily doubles; since both were nearly equal in snagging the clues.

  15. Mark Oppenheim | April 30, 2019 at 12:36 am |

    Surprised Jasmine wagered zero in final jeopardy giving her no chance to win. If she had bet most of her money, she would’ve won if she had gotten it right and they both missed. As it was, she gave her self no chance.

  16. How many more sessions are there left to be played this season?

  17. Pizza Face Fred | April 30, 2019 at 12:53 pm |

    At least the contestants, given the chance by beating James to the buzzer, are now fishing around for Daily Doubles in the rows they’re more to be. They’re also going to have to wager big (obviously!), as Adam did, to have a chance at winning. Glad they’re figuring it out. Time puts an end to all things with a beginning…

  18. Was this April 29th game arguably the best played game ever, with 57 correct answers, only 1 missed, and no unplayed clues in both the J and DJ rounds? Any previous game comparable?

  19. glenn murray | April 30, 2019 at 4:08 pm |

    Best game I’ve seen!!!

  20. The Final Jeopardy question was unfortunately too easy to differentiate between contestants.

    Also, Jasmine could’ve bet $7798 in final jeopardy and then won if the other two got the answer wrong. By betting $0, she could only finish in 2nd or 3rd place (assuming the others bet logically). Interesting choice.

  21. I can tell you now, Satish Chandrasekhar is thinking ‘What’s it going to take to beat James Holzhauer?!’ because even with Adam’s aggressive bet, it still wasn’t enough. Even on last Friday where James didn’t get a DD at all, it still wasn’t enough. I’m not sure what could be the weakness to James, but it seems that maybe the DD slipped under him and gave Adam more of a chance to take him out. Unfortunately, James gets FJ! right, and spoils Adam’s big finish. He’s like a chess expert, always seems to try and think steps ahead that no players would dare to do and capitalize. But wow…this game will surely be one to question on about, especially when it had followed to where James had his first game without getting a DD.

  22. Jodi marshall | May 1, 2019 at 4:57 pm |

    I cannot believe no more shot outs. At least the girl was nice enough to say congrats James. My husband and I think they should have a tournament of top losers. They could use the same format as the other tournaments. That would be cool.

  23. Saribeth | May 1, 2019 at 5:09 pm |

    Was I the only one who thought the FJ question for 4/29 was supposed to be in French? The answer was poorly-written, or I just didn’t understand it.

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