Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 9, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Physics Terms) for Tuesday, April 9, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 152):

Ironically, it’s a metaphor meaning a huge step forward, but this 2-word process only occurs on a subatomic scale

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Sameer Rai, a freelancer from Los Altos, California
Sameer Rai on Jeopardy!
Ariana Mikulski, an associate teaching professor from State College, Pennsylvania
Ariana Mikulski on Jeopardy!
James Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, Nevada (3-day total: $133,451)
James Holzhauer on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is a quantum leap?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Oh, boy! The physics definition of a quantum leap is “the discontinuous change of the state of an electron in an atom or molecule from one energy level to another” (source). However, it’s best known today as a metaphor meaning a fundamental shift, which also named an early ’90s television series starring Scott Bakula.


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

Scores going into Final:
James $72,600
Sameer $7,000
Ariana $6,400


Tonight’s results:
Ariana $6,400 + $700 = $7,100
Sameer $7,000 + $5,801 = $12,801
James $72,600 + $38,314 = $110,914 (4-day total: $244,365) (What is quantum leap Happy Birthday Booger <3)


James Holzhauer sets a new one-day record on Jeopardy!, winning $110,914 on April 9, 2019.

James Holzhauer, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 9, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
James $13,000
Sameer $2,600
Ariana $800


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Opening break taken after: 14 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) PALE AIL $1000 (2nd pick)
James 1000 +1000 (Ariana 0 Sameer 0)
2) AMERICAN HISTORY $1600 (3rd pick)
James 14600 +14600 (Sameer 3400 Ariana 800)
3) INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN $800 (27th pick, $1,600 left on board)
James 46800 +25000 (Sameer 7000 Ariana 5600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 253.42


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


Game Stats:
James $35,400 Coryat, 42 correct, 1 incorrect, 63.16% in first on buzzer, 4/4 on rebound attempts
Sameer $7,000 Coryat, 8 correct, 1 incorrect, 12.28% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts
Ariana $6,400 Coryat, 10 correct, 3 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $48,800
Lach Trash: $2,000 (on 1 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,200


James Holzhauer, stats to date:
129 correct, 4 incorrect
8/9 on rebound attempts
49.34% in first on buzzer (112/227)
8/8 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $85,941)
4/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $27,600


James Holzhauer, to win:
5 games: 96.37%
6: 92.87%
7: 89.50%
8: 86.25%
9: 83.11%
Avg. streak: 30.538 games.


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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 98 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 2.528 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.6756).
An average of 3.9365 4+-time champions (standard deviation 2.42).

An early cutoff took place 3.182% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

James Holzhauer qualified 99.025% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 87.112% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 58.422% of the time.
Lindsey Shultz qualified 28.532% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 8.763% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 0.827% of the time.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • The previous record through 4 days: Roger Craig ($166,801). Roger Craig also held the one-day record, at $77,000, set September 14, 2010.
  • James’ winnings of $244,365 place him 8th all time in regular play, 33rd all-time including tournaments.
  • No champion has ever won $244,365 or more over their first 5 days. Adjusting for doubled dollar values, Frank Spangenberg held that record ($102,597, adjusted to $205,194). The 6-day record is $257,700, held by Austin Rogers.
  • James is believed to be the 16th different player to hold the single-day winnings record on Jeopardy.
  • James’ Coryat score of $35,400 is tied for the 11th-highest single-game Coryat of all time. 8 of the top 10 belong to Ken Jennings; the only two that do not belong to Jerome Vered (pre-doubled $17,900 on May 21, 1992) and Wes Ulm (pre-doubled $18,000 on June 4, 1997). The overall record high Coryat score is $39,200.
  • $25,000 is the largest amount ever bet on a Daily Double in the history of the show. The previous unadjusted record was held by Philip Tiu ($19,000 on March 15, 2016). The previous adjusted record was held by Bob Beers (pre-doubled $10,000 on April 7, 1988.)
  • The previous record for money going into Final Jeopardy was held by Ken Jennings ($51,400 on July 23, 2004). Adjusting for doubled dollar values, Jack Lechner had $27,500 (adjusted to $55,000) going into Final Jeopardy! on December 2, 1988. (Thanks to Mark Barrett for the updated info.)
  • Sameer mentioned Chris Fleitas in his interview. Chris won more in his two wins ($82,901) than James did in his first two wins. ($82,606)
  • Effective in first on buzzer stats: James 64.29% (36/56), Sameer 12.50% (7/56), Ariana 23.21% (13/56).

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30 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – April 9, 2019"

  1. Nicholas K. | April 9, 2019 at 11:27 am |

    If Roger Craig sees this, what will he say???

  2. jfc

  3. Why such a small wager on FJ! for James? He could have bet way over 50K safely…the guy plays way too conservatively. 😏

    • I believe all of his final jeopardy scores so far have been important dates or something, so I’d guess 11/09/14 has some meaning.

    • Compared to everybody else I would not call it exactly “conservative”….😉

  4. All I can say is OMG! I look forward to seeing it live.

  5. Even if he somehow lost tomorrow, do you really think the producers would want to hold a ToC without him?

  6. Lisa Brasch | April 9, 2019 at 5:14 pm |

    I think he also broke a record for the decibel level of the audience gasping.

    I feel really bad for the contestants going up against him. They go through so much to get there and there’s just no hope.

    Since he’s a professional gambler, I wonder if there’s an over/under in Vegas on the number of games he’ll win.

    • There couldn’t be betting on it because some people already know the result. They’re not going to open up bets when such an asymmetry of information exists.

    • No hope? Someone will beat him eventually, and I doubt it will be someone who simultaneously does something like break his single-day record. No one who walks out on that stage should feel hopeless. Every single person who walks out on that stage to face him should be walking out to beat him, not resigning him or herself to four figures and a story about getting clobbered on television.

  7. freddie leonard | April 9, 2019 at 8:44 pm |

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he broke his own record before his run ends. Seems like he broke every possible record tonight except for Ken Jennings 74 game win streak.

  8. freddie leonard | April 9, 2019 at 8:49 pm |

    Whoever eventually beats him will probably fall to the Giant Killer curse and only win 1 game.

  9. The amount of the FJ wager was also a record, yes?

  10. Pizza Face Fred | April 9, 2019 at 10:40 pm |

    Like Austin Rogers, live by the big bet, die by the big bet…

  11. Nicole Castonguay | April 9, 2019 at 11:10 pm |

    I’m trying to find one of the answers from the ‘International architechure and design’ category. It’s question was “Iran”. The answer had included a picture of a mosque taken, I think, from its courtyard – showed blue tiled walls and behind/above them a domed top. I’d wanted to share it with my sister (an architect) to see if she knew it, but forgot the answer…

  12. The $25K DD bet was so nonchalant that the fact it was the record for a single DD bet was a distant afterthought. Even if he’s wrong he still has a lock game. Just damn impressive on all fronts.

  13. Roger Craig and Philip Tiu are probably going to have questions looking back at this game, because this James guy is LEGIT! Not only did he do what no contestant has done in many years in the double clue value era; make over $100,000 in one game, made the biggest DD bet (And got it right), broke multiple records by champions who won 4-9 games as champion, broke the record for most money heading into FJ!, and has the highest average ($61,091) by any contestant (Ken Jennings is probably second with $34,063 per game). If James secures his 5th win tomorrow, no doubt that he’ll be a big shoe-in to the ToC. The other contestants surely are going to have their work cut out seeing this guy when they seem him there.

  14. Yes, James is incredible…but I wonder abt Alex… did he not want to say “booger” or what was that?! 😉😉😂

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