Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 4, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category U.S. Bodies of Water) for Thursday, April 4, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 149):

The Jordan, Bear & Weber rivers deposit over a million tons of minerals into it annually, much of that chloride & sodium

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

James Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, Nevada
James Holzhauer on Jeopardy!
Anna Hautzinger, a veterinarian from Chicago, Illinois
Anna Hautzinger on Jeopardy!
Alex Koral, a regulatory research counsel from Boulder, Colorado (1-day total: $26,000)
Alex Koral on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is the Great Salt Lake?

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Unlike most North American lakes, the Great Salt Lake is endorheic (it has no outlet besides evaporation). Thus, while the water can evaporate, the minerals in the water (like sodium) can not, leaving a body of water that has become more saline than the ocean. Swimmers can be more buoyant in these lakes than they would be in ocean water or fresh water, due to the increased density of the brine. Salt Lake City, Utah, is named after the lake.

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

Scores going into Final:
James $40,412
Alex $18,000
Anna $1,600

Tonight’s results:
Anna $1,600 + $1,600 = $3,200
Alex $18,000 + $2,000 = $20,000
James $40,412 + $3,268 = $43,680 (1-day total: $43,680) (What is G Great Salt Lake? Happy birthday Jack)

James Holzhauer, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 4, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
James $13,800
Alex $7,000
Anna $0


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) NATURE STICKS IT TO YOU $1000 (15th pick)
James 5000 +5000 (Alex 4800 Anna 0)
2) WORLD WAR II $2000 (5th pick)
Alex 9000 +3000 (James 15400 Anna -400)
3) FROM THE GREEK $1200 (10th pick)
James 20200 +9812 (Alex 10800 Anna -400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 182

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

Game Stats:
James $27,800 Coryat, 31 correct, 1 incorrect, 47.37% in first on buzzer, 3/3 on rebound attempts
Alex $17,000 Coryat, 25 correct, 2 incorrect, 43.86% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Anna $1,600 Coryat, 1 correct, 1 incorrect, 3.51% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $46,400
Lach Trash: $4,000 (on 3 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,600

Alex Koral, stats to date:
52 correct, 4 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts
42.98% in first on buzzer (49/114)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,500)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,300

James Holzhauer, stats to date:
32 correct, 1 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts
47.37% in first on buzzer (27/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $14,812)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $27,800

James Holzhauer, to win:
2 games: 89.79%
3: 80.63%
4: 72.40%
5: 65.01%
6: 58.37%
Avg. streak: 9.797 games.


Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 101 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 3.1534 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.4216).
An average of 5.0272 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.9449).

An early cutoff took place 5.249% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

James Holzhauer qualified 70.718% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 80.688% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 57.095% of the time.
Lindsey Shultz qualified 29.072% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 11.324% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 0.933% of the time.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Effective in first on buzzer stats: James 50.00% (27/54), Alex 46.30% (25/54), Anna 3.70% (2/54).
  • The first-day winnings record: $50,000 (Myron Meyer).
  • The highest regular-play score going into Final Jeopardy! on Day 1: $42,200 (Larissa Kelly)
  • The highest regular-play score after the Jeopardy! round on Day 1: $16,200 (Tom McCudden, December 9, 2004)
  • The highest Day 1 Coryat score: $36,000 ($18,000 doubled), Wes Ulm.
  • While I am not going to specifically publish “negative” stats, I will say that no records were broken during this game.

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23 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 4, 2019"

  1. The audience response to Alex Trebek has been particularly enthusiastic as of late. Could it be that the episodes currently being aired were recorded after the public announcement of his medical diagnosis?


  2. I knew the answer immediately. Mother was born in Provo, Utah, and when I graduated from high school the whole family drove across the country from New York to California and of course stopped at the lake. I have a picture of all of us standing in it (not trying to float, as supposedly is possible).

  3. I knew James and his occupation sounded familiar. He was on a show that was on for only a few years in the spring called 500 Questions. He was from Naperville IL then.

  4. Lisa Brasch | April 4, 2019 at 5:54 pm |

    Now Andy, I know you’ll say it’s only easy if you know it, but c’mon, is there even a second guess on this FJ?

  5. Scott Gunvaldson | April 4, 2019 at 6:34 pm |

    I’ve seen the new champion before. Is he another veteran of The Chase? A couple previous champions were.

  6. Pizza Face Fred | April 4, 2019 at 10:37 pm |

    I got Karmann Ghia. Yes, Alex, I’m old enough to remember…

  7. I have a feeling about this guy, I think he’s gonna be the guy who wins game after game after game. Good luck, James!

  8. Patricia Strong | April 5, 2019 at 6:01 pm |

    Shouldn’t James be disqualified as according to the rules the contestants are to abide by, no one is supposed to know
    Ahead of time what transpired on the show before it airs.

  9. The fact both Daily Doubles were found really early with only 2/3 of the board left put questions of perspective with if Alex was going to be able to prevent James from going overdrive the rest of the way through. I’m really not sure what was up with James’ numbers in terms of betting. It’s like dating back to Mike Maheu’s “Strip Jeopardy!” betting right there. But otherwise, we’ve seen two legit guys with serious betting in this season, Eric R. Backes and his $48,001, now this guy. This really got interesting, to say the least.

  10. I feel bad for Alex Koral. He faced a five time winner and defeated him in his first game and look who he meets in Game 2!

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