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This game’s Jeopardy! Masters contestants:
|Matt Amodio, a postdoctoral researcher from Cambridge, Massachusetts (0 points)
|Andrew He, a software developer from San Francisco, California (0 points)
|James Holzhauer, a self-described game show villain from Las Vegas, Nevada (0 points)
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:
Tonight’s opening semifinal is a rematch of a game I said on May 9th was in the running for the best game of all time: James Holzhauer vs. Andrew He vs. Matt Amodio. Those three players combined for $66,400 going into Final, with James and Matt tied at $28,400, with Matt Amodio giving James Holzhauer his only loss of the competition to date. All three of these players can win this opening semifinal, and this outcome will absolutely depend on who does the best on the four major clues (the three Daily Doubles and Final Jeopardy). James is absolutely still the favorite to win—but there’s certainly a disagreement among many regarding the degree to which James is the favorite. I still firmly believe that there’s significant variance at this level of Jeopardy!—it was that variance that worked against James in Greatest of All Time, and it could help or hinder him here.
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Game Recap & Tonight’s Game Stats:
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! Masters today? Here’s the Monday, May 22, 2023 Jeopardy! Masters (game 1) by the numbers, along with a recap:
(Categories: Americans In Protest; All Around The World; Signs & Symbols; Perils Of Journalism; Classic Game Show Phrases; Triple Rhyme Time)
Andrew got to the Daily Double, while James struggled mightily early on, picking up 3 incorrect responses too! Andrew led by a small amount over Matt after 30.
Statistics after the Jeopardy round:
Andrew 9 correct 1 incorrect
Matt 7 correct 0 incorrect
James 10 correct 3 incorrect
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Matt was proctoring a trivia game when he met HSRT contestant Lucas.
Andrew has brought one of his high school teachers as a guest.
James was invited to play fantasy baseball by Ken’s son.
Double Jeopardy! Round:
(Categories: King Of The Mountain; & Scene; Tough Science; Spanish & Portuguese; Five For Fighting; Pure Poetry)
Proving how important the Daily Doubles are, James went from third to a commanding lead with a pair of True Daily Doubles in a seven-clue span. Andrew and Matt played well enough on the way back to Final to keep it from being a runaway for James, though!
Statistics after Double Jeopardy:
James 23 correct 3 incorrect
Andrew 18 correct 1 incorrect
Matt 10 correct 2 incorrect
Scores going into Final:
Final Jeopardy category: Literature
Final Jeopardy! clue: In reviewing this novel, Carl Jung said it took place in one single & senseless day, “on which, in all truth, nothing happens”
Correct response: What is Ulysses?
Everyone got Final—3 points to James, 1 to Andrew, 0 to Matt!
Matt $8,200 + $7,001 = $15,201 (What Ulysses)
Andrew $15,200 + $6,800 = $22,000 (What is Ulysses?)
James $26,000 + $4,401 = $30,401 (What is Ulysses)
Other Miscellaneous Game Statistics:
Daily Double locations:
1) ALL AROUND THE WORLD $800 (clue #2)
Andrew 1000 +1000 (James 0 Matt 0)
2) KING OF THE MOUNTAIN $1200 (clue #1)
James 2800 +2800 (Andrew 5600 Matt 5000)
3) & SCENE $1200 (clue #7, $26400 left on board)
James 9600 +9600 (Andrew 5600 Matt 6600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 300
Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:
James 3* 4 2 5 4 3*
Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:
James $16,000 Coryat, 23 correct, 3 incorrect, 42.11% in first on buzzer (24/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Andrew $15,000 Coryat, 18 correct, 1 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 3/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Matt $8,200 Coryat, 10 correct, 2 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $39,200
Lach Trash: $10,000 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,800
James Holzhauer, career statistics:
1718 correct, 82 incorrect
52/56 on rebound attempts (on 119 rebound opportunities)
52.83% in first on buzzer (1586/3002)
98/105 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $840,393)
42/53 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $26,800
Andrew He, career statistics:
448 correct, 58 incorrect
32/37 on rebound attempts (on 84 rebound opportunities)
32.93% in first on buzzer (413/1254)
26/34 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $105,600)
10/22 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,091
Matt Amodio, career statistics:
1469 correct, 160 incorrect
61/71 on rebound attempts (on 151 rebound opportunities)
50.81% in first on buzzer (1410/2775)
88/99 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $346,600)
33/48 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $24,535
- Today’s box score will be linked to when posted by the show.
Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:
(Scores: James $26,000 Andrew $15,200 Matt $8,200)
James: Standard cover bet over Andrew is 4,401. (Actual bet: $4,401)
Andrew: Bet at least 6,399; I’d consider limiting my bet to 6,999, just to force Matt to be correct to beat me. (Actual bet: $6,800)
Matt: Bet at least 601; I’d avoid going all-in, just in case Andrew does the same. (Actual bet: $7,001)
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Expanding on your pregame thoughts: This is a rematch of the only game where James was in danger of losing going into Final Jeopardy. If he can get through it with a runaway this time, I personally have no doubts about him being able to win the next game and lock up a spot in the finals.
Welp I don’t know what to say though I may be in loss of words if he’s eliminated with the lowest score of match points and we may be disappointed
Well, that FJ clue was a massive letdown.
I agree. Once I got it without a second thought, I knew it would be a triple solve.
With that win James is in the final regardless of what happens as any ties in score James would already go in favor of James… unless I’m doing the math wrong in my head lol
4th place would be eliminated in a 5-4-4-3 situation.
Mebs, I would never have connected Jung to Ulysses (which is another classic on my Have Not Read list) ;(
Current FJ streak: 1L
After my success with the Final Jeopardy answer from today’ s “daytime” Jeopardy, I hoped for a similar success with the first half of Monday’s Masters episode. Unfortunately for me,, the category was Lietrature, where I’m weak, and, the “answer” was of no help.