Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 1, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The King James Bible) for Wednesday, May 1, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 168):

Of the 4 riders mentioned in Revelation 6, only this one is explicitly named

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Imar Dacunha, a business systems analyst from Orlando, Florida
Imar Dacunha on Jeopardy!
Kate Jay Zweifler, a realtor & stay-at-home mom from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Kate Jay Zweifler on Jeopardy!
James Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, Nevada (19-day total: $1,426,330)
James Holzhauer on Jeopardy!

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.

James has reached 600 correct responses on the show, becoming one of only three players in the history of Jeopardy! to reach that milestone! See who else has done so on our 300 Club page!

Did you write any of the online tests earlier this month? 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 is Death?

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:

While the four riders are said to symbolize Conquest, War, Famine, and Death, only Death is mentioned specifically, first in Revelation 6:8: And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

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

Scores going into Final:
James $60,898
Imar $8,200
Kate $4,200

Tonight’s results:
Kate $4,200 + $4,199 = $8,399
Imar $8,200 + $412 = $8,612
James $60,898 + $40,784 = $101,682 (20-day total: $1,528,012)

James Holzhauer, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 1, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
James $13,800
Imar $5,800
Kate $600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) VAMPIRE-POURRI $1000 (11th pick)
James 4600 +4600 (Imar 3000 Kate 0)
2) 21st CENTURY EUROPEAN LEADERS $1600 (6th pick)
James 20600 +10117 (Imar 5800 Kate 600)
3) ONE “L” OF A DRUG $800 (17th pick)
James 39917 +11381 (Imar 8200 Kate 3000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 178

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

Game Stats:
James $38,200 Coryat, 42 correct, 0 incorrect, 68.42% in first on buzzer
Imar $8,200 Coryat, 10 correct, 0 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer
Kate $4,200 Coryat, 4 correct, 0 incorrect, 7.02% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $50,600
Lach Trash: $3,400 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $0

James Holzhauer, stats to date:
723 correct, 23 incorrect
20/22 on rebound attempts (on 44 rebound opportunities)
58.21% in first on buzzer (656/1127)
44/48 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $426,423)
19/20 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $30,410

James Holzhauer, to win:
21 games: 97.430%
22: 94.926%
23: 92.486%
24: 90.109%
25: 87.793%
75: 23.882%
Avg. streak: 57.909 games.
(This is using the updated model.)


Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 82 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 93.053% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 75.870% of the time.
Lindsey Shultz qualified 46.025% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 20.577% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 11.825% of the time.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Kate’s mother was Roz Jay, who was defeated by 5-time champion Tom Halpern on March 25, 1991.
  • $101,682 is now the 5th-highest one-day total of all time on Jeopardy, displacing yesterday’s total from the 5th spot. He now holds all 10 of the top 10 one-day totals in the history of the show.
  • James has tied Julia Collins’ 20 wins for the second-longest winning streak in regular play on Jeopardy.
  • It took Ken Jennings 46 games ($1,555,061) to pass James’ current total of $1,528,012.
  • James has now heard 181 consecutive clues without giving an incorrect response. This passes Liz Haigney Lynch’s previous record by 2.
  • James’ Coryat score of $38,200 is the second-best Coryat score of all time; the record is still Ken Jennings’ $39,200 on June 10, 2004.
  • At 723, James has passed Brad Rutter for #2 on the all-time list in terms of number of correct responses given on the show.
  • This is the 14th consecutive episode where James has been correct in Final Jeopardy (the previous record was 12, held by Ben Ingram and Tom Cubbage).
  • The prediction model currently gives James a 71.286% chance of surpassing Ken Jennings’ regular play winnings total of $2,520,700.
  • On Wednesdays, James has an average winning score of $90,188.

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38 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 1, 2019"

  1. If WAKA is covering the Barr hearing, does that mean this episode will not be seen down there? Usually when a news event is given coverage, the shows affected never air.

    • Mark Barrett | May 1, 2019 at 2:05 pm |

      WAKA ran a crawl that today’s episode would run at 12:37 a.m. tomorrow.

  2. Petaltown | May 1, 2019 at 11:16 am |

    I’m new to this site. How do you know the Final Jeopardy question early in the AM? Today’s show hasn’t been broadcast yet, right? Thank you.

  3. Bill Madden | May 1, 2019 at 11:17 am |

    @Bob I missed yesterday’s episode because of an unfortunate school shooting in NC. The station did say the episode was airing on channel 36.2 but I had no idea what they are talking about and never heard of channels with decimals in it and couldn’t find the channel for the life of me… Thankfully we have this website to keep us updated.

  4. Bill, the decimals are for people using antennae to watch digital broadcast channels. Normally .1 is one of the big networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, PBS) and the .2 and .3 are low budget syndication feeds or alternate weather news, etc. If you go to tvguide listings for your area and look up the antenna/broadcast listings, you should be able to figure out the channel name for the decimals and then find that channel on your cable/satellite guide.

  5. Eric Backes | May 1, 2019 at 12:57 pm |

    I thought that was a tough FJ. I guessed correctly, but I wasn’t 100% sure. I guess it was easier than I thought.

  6. I live out in the boondocks in rural Alabama and the internet is the only place I can get results for Jeopardy….thank you!!!!! Our local CBS seems to have begun trying to save money and doesn’t broadcast with the same power they use to.But I could before they cut back, I miss em.

  7. The FJ today was easy for us Johnny Cash fans. Check out the lyrics to “The Man Comes Around.”

  8. @Andy
    Obviously I am missing something here. James won 20 games, a total of 1.528.012, yet you give him an average winning score of 90.188. Are actual winnings and “winning score” something different in your evaluations? Thanks.

    • On games that air on Wednesday, James averages $90,188. (On Tuesdays, he averages $108,159.)

      • ok, thanks. I didn’t know you were breaking things up by days. Thought it was overall. So I guess he has some favorite days of the week??😊

  9. I appreciate all your factoids at the bottom so much. Great work.

  10. mike krebs | May 1, 2019 at 3:52 pm |

    There has GOT to be a prime time hour long JEOPARDY CHALLENGE with James, Ken and Brad competing against each other. Naturally, the answers should be very difficult throughout the game. And we all hope and pray that Alex will be healthy enough to host the show.

    • Mike, in a recent interview, Ken Jennings stated that he would be receptive to such a contest, but that he knows that he has a diminished capacity, now. Certainly, both Ken and Brad would lose some sharpness with age. Nonetheless, I would not bet against either to give James a run for his money!

      • I mean, I thought the question was silly, to be honest, from the perspective of “what person would be crazy enough to say ‘no’ when asked if they wanted to play Jeopardy! again?”

  11. Does anyone chortle at the term “King James?”

  12. Can we get a list of known significant dates used for wagers? I know we have his anniversary, but is 10/16/82 ?

    Also, with all ten of the highest point games… At what point do we sincerely call James the best ever? Once he gets $2.6 M or 75 games?

    • Bob Chang | May 1, 2019 at 7:52 pm |

      I believe’s James’s FJ wager today ($40,784) is his birthday (April 7, 1984)

      • Bob Chang | May 1, 2019 at 7:59 pm |

        oops! Right year (I heard he was 35), but Wikipedia says he was born July 1984, with no day given

  13. “Jeopardy James” has been so unlike anyone else that he needs a nickname all his own! 🙂

  14. Bob Chang | May 1, 2019 at 7:12 pm |

    James just tied Julia Collin’s second place all-time win streak, but has $1.1 million more, averaging an unbelievable $55,000 per game more! Ken’s 74 is a streak much impressive than Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting streak in my estimation, as the gap between 1st and 2nd place is many times greater, 11 as opposed to 54. 56 MLB players have hit in 30 straight games, and probably 100’s have hit 20 or over, but in Jeopardy only one has won more than 20 games straight. That James has at least comparable stats through 20 games to Ken makes 75 wins or more a real possibility, with a little luck on his side, just as Joltin Joe had and Ken had.

    • As a baseball and Jeopardy fan, I’ve thought about that as well. Both impressive, but hard to compare the two. A lot more people play baseball more frequently than Jeopardy, 230,000 games have been played in MLB but there have only been about 7000 games of Jeopardy. Having fewer games makes the Jeopardy record much harder to break. Also, Jeopardy kicks off their best contestants after they lose once. Imagine if DiMaggio was kicked out of the league after one 0-4 game.

  15. Ok, I think I figured this out right. There are 230 episodes per year. Last game was ep. 168 so 62 to go. There are 2 two week tournaments so 42 more possible James games. 20+42= 62 in a row at end of season. 3 weeks into next season to break the record.

  16. center ice | May 1, 2019 at 9:09 pm |

    I find it mindboggling to believe that people have a problem with James’ huge margins of victory and would prefer, as in one newspaper story I read, “close games.” Players that rival James’ utter brilliance have been seen only a handful of times in Jeopardy’s 35 years, and that is to be marveled at. I watch Jeopardy! to see people showcase their intelligence, and there is nothing like seeing James rattle off answer after answer while spiking his total with big Daily Double bets. How can someone know so much about so much? There have been innumerable “close games” on Jeopardy!, but they’re forgotten 15 minutes after the show is over. Not s with James’ wins. Put it this way — with the Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown races beginning this weekend, it’s difficult to recall all the close finishes in those races, but all horse racing fans remember Secretariat’a 31-length victory in the 1973 Belmont Stakes. And to paraphrase the famous call of that race, “James is winning like a tremendous machine!”

    • You comment is spot on! James’ capacity is to be observed in wonder and awe. And how he can remain so composed and normal with this capacity is wonderful too. I too try to come up with sports comparisons to gauge what James is doing at Jeopardy. How about if a professional golfer comes along who–routinely–shoots 59’s???

  17. Bob Chang | May 1, 2019 at 9:13 pm |

    Great point!It’s even harder to break because you only have one chance! Ken’s record has got to be one of the greatest winning streaks ever. That’s why James run is so intriguing. Alex’s interview today admits the same. Obviously he and James knows and a few NBC executives and contestants sworn to secrecy know this season’s results, but Alex says James has no weaknesses and prior to James he thought the streak would never be broken but now he’s changed his mind

  18. Mark Warner | May 1, 2019 at 9:43 pm |

    The statistical website 538, has an interesting article from 4 years ago, called “Why Ken Jennings’s ‘Jeopardy!’ Streak Is Nearly Impossible To Break”.

    To paraphrase, it says the contestants are better now days, and in Ken’s day the returning champion had a buzzer advantage.

  19. Jay Berryl | May 2, 2019 at 8:46 am |

    I have over the air reception because there are there are so channels available. Most are subchannels like the one you mention and they also can have call letter names. My local ABC channel has four sub channels all with there own programming.

  20. Jay Berryl | May 2, 2019 at 8:56 am |

    I read this morning in the LasVegas Review Journal sourcing this site the following information: “Holzhauer answered correctly 42 times in 42 attempts in Wednesday’s episode and has now heard a “Jeopardy!” record 181 consecutive clues without giving an incorrect response…” Yet he missed his DD clue on Monday. Could you clear up the seemingly discrepancy ?

    • Right. Monday’s first Daily Double was the last clue he got incorrect. Since then, he’s seen (not responded to, just seen) that many clues without being incorrect.

  21. Is there a list of top Coryat scores somewhere? I know you have stated Ken has most of the top 10 all time pre-James, but is that list posted? Perhaps a list of all the >30,000 games? It seems of the contestants who won 10+ games not named Ken or James, there are only 2 games with a Coryat greater than 30,000. But now James has 10 such games and Ken had over 20.

  22. I am so awed by James’s knowledge and recall capacities!!! We certainly are not all created equally! Andy: could you provide a list of the Top 25 one-day money winners in Jeopardy history? (Although Mr. Levin’s total of $53,999 wasn’t awarded to him, I feel you should include it on this list.)

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