Jeopardy! Masters Recap – Monday, May 22, 2023 (Game 2)

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Warning: This page contains spoilers for the May 22, 2023, second game of Jeopardy! Masters — please do not scroll down if you wish to avoid being spoiled. It will be updated alongside the Eastern Time airing of the show, beginning at about 8:30 PM Eastern.

This game’s Jeopardy! Masters contestants:

Mattea Roach, a writer & podcaster from Toronto, Ontario, Canada (0 points)
Mattea Roach on Jeopardy! Masters
Andrew He, a software developer from San Francisco, California (1 points)
Andrew He on Jeopardy! Masters
James Holzhauer, a self-described game show villain from Las Vegas, Nevada (3 points)
James Holzhauer on Jeopardy! Masters

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Originally not publicized, but now on the Jeopardy! website as of this afternoon, today’s second semifinal match will be between James Holzhauer, Andrew He, and Mattea Roach. This is a pairing that makes sense to me—they’re giving the four byes presumably in ranking order, 4th-placed Mattea getting the first bye, then 3rd-placed Matt Amodio; tomorrow, I’d expect to see Andrew getting the bye in Game 1 and James in the final game. This game was a matchup not seen in the quarter-finals but would have been taped immediately following the first; it’s hard to make a prediction because there is definitely going to be some spillover momentum for James and Andrew from the first game of the episode.

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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 2) by the numbers, along with a recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: The Arts; The Rest Is History; Picking Up The Czech; Gems; Pop Goes The Music; The 2 Same-Spelled Words)

James has found his stride—he picked up 17 correct responses in the opening round, and the Daily Double, to take a commanding lead! Mattea played well in the vocabulary category to sit second after 30 clues.

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

James 17 correct 0 incorrect
Mattea 7 correct 0 incorrect
Andrew 3 correct 1 incorrect

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

James $11,200
Mattea $3,800
Andrew $1,600

Today’s interviews:

Mattea was invited to take part in CBC’s “Canada Reads”.
Andrew was at a winery in Mexico in 2019 when James Holzhauer lost.
James took a charity egg-cracking challenge from Pat McAfee.

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Cities & Towns; Love Letters; A Life In Science; Portmanteaus; Famous Folks; The Maximum Allowed)

Mattea got to both Daily Doubles in this round and jumped into a big lead! It wasn’t enough to get a runaway for Mattea, but, James was not leading going into Final!

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Mattea 20 correct 1 incorrect
James 24 correct 0 incorrect
Andrew 9 correct 2 incorrect

Scores going into Final:

Mattea $26,800
James $18,800
Andrew $6,400

Final Jeopardy category: Historic Ships

Final Jeopardy! clue: This 16th century ship got its name from the crest of Christopher Hatton, which featured a deer

Correct response: What is the Golden Hind?

Only Andrew and James got Final correct—3 points to James, 1 to Mattea, 0 to Andrew!

Tonight’s results:

Andrew $6,400 + $6,084 = $12,484 (What is the Golden Hinde?)
James $18,800 + $5,900 = $24,700 (What is Golden Hind)
Mattea $26,800 – $10,801 = $15,999 (What is the Hartford?)

Jeopardy! Masters Game 2 results for May 22, 2023.

Jeopardy! Masters Semi-Final Standings:

(through May 22)
1st: James Holzhauer (6 points, 2 wins, 49 correct, 33,800 Coryat, 44,800 Pre-FJ)
2nd: Andrew He (1 points, 0 wins, 29 correct, 21,400 Coryat, 21,600 Pre-FJ)
3rd: Mattea Roach (1 points, 0 wins, 20 correct, 17,400 Coryat, 26,800 Pre-FJ)
4th: Matt Amodio (0 points, 0 wins, 11 correct, 8,200 Coryat, 8,200 Pre-FJ)

Other Miscellaneous Game Statistics:

Daily Double locations:

1) GEMS $800 (clue #6)
James 1800 +1800 (Andrew 1000 Mattea 1000)
2) A LIFE IN SCIENCE $1600 (clue #5)
Mattea 4600 +4600 (James 14000 Andrew 1600)
3) THE MAXIMUM ALLOWED $1600 (clue #15, $14000 left on board)
Mattea 16000 +8000 (James 14000 Andrew 4800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 250

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
James 5 5 5 4*
Andrew 5
Mattea 4

DJ! Round:
James 3 2
Andrew 4 4 5 2 5
Mattea 5 4* 3 3 4 5 2 4*

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

James 4.00
Mattea 3.78
Andrew 4.17

Game Stats:

James $17,800 Coryat, 24 correct, 0 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Mattea $17,400 Coryat, 20 correct, 1 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Andrew $6,400 Coryat, 9 correct, 2 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $41,600
Lach Trash: $9,400 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,000

Player Statistics:

James Holzhauer, career statistics:

1743 correct, 82 incorrect
54/58 on rebound attempts (on 122 rebound opportunities)
52.52% in first on buzzer (1607/3060)
99/106 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $842,193)
43/54 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $26,633
To win: 53.1%
To make finals: 100.0%

Andrew He, career statistics:

458 correct, 60 incorrect
32/37 on rebound attempts (on 85 rebound opportunities)
32.34% in first on buzzer (424/1311)
26/34 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $105,600)
11/23 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,670
To win: 9.2%
To make finals: 51.3%

Mattea Roach, career statistics:

827 correct, 89 incorrect
39/47 on rebound attempts (on 135 rebound opportunities)
41.11% in first on buzzer (791/1924)
36/44 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $88,400)
22/34 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,747
To win: 15.9%
To make finals: 76.9%

Matt Amodio’s win chances:

To win: 21.8%
To make finals: 71.8%

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • James Holzhauer has mathematically clinched his spot in the finals.
  • Today’s box score will be linked to when posted by the show.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Mattea $26,800 James $18,800 Andrew $6,400)

James: Limit your bet to 2,799 in case Mattea covers. (Actual bet: $5,900)

Andrew: Bet whatever you like. (Actual bet: $6,084)

Mattea: Standard cover bet over James is 10,801. If you are feeling adventurous, try a bet of 1,999 or less to defend against James’ highest possible range—if it works, it would be an all-timer. (Actual bet: $10,801)

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15 Comments on "Jeopardy! Masters Recap – Monday, May 22, 2023 (Game 2)"

  1. I would think winning 8 games out of 9 played in this tournament (one game where he lost to himself second guessing his final jeopardy response) would more than prove James is hands down the best player in this tournament. The only thing that would be the end of him would be who finds the daily doubles and when.

    • He’s also been at the front of the pack for correct answers, Coryat score, and buzzer success in all nine of his games. I was obviously expecting him to do well, but given the over three-year-layoff, I definitely wasn’t expecting him to do as well as he’s done so far.

      • I’d love to see a tournament like this with people throughout the history of jeopardy. Let’s get the best of the best in here

  2. Looking at the 36 possible outcomes, here’s what I can discern:

    Both Mattea and Matt can clinch a final berth with a win in either game. Andrew would also if he wins his remaining matchup.

    If the first game finishes James-Matt-Mattea, first and second place in the second game advance.

    • That scenario you propose would produce some wagering strategies which would otherwise appear to be very unusual!

    • And if the game finished James-Mattea-Matt, the only way Mattea doesn’t get in is if Matt wins the last game, and Mattea comes in third and loses the tie breaker to Andrew (they’d each have two points).

  3. I gotcha –

    “This 16th century ship got its name from the crest of patron Christopher Haddon, which featured a deer”

  4. Michael Johnston | May 23, 2023 at 8:32 am | Reply

    After I saw the answer, the name of Drake’s ship came back to me, but I would not have remembered it on my own 🙁
    Current FJ streak: 2L

    One issue I have with the format they went with in the semifinals was scheduling James in back to back episodes, even though he would have come in as the favorite. As a result of him winning both games, he has secured his place in the finals already, with the remaining players jockeying for the last two spots. A better format would have been to just say the winner of Game 1 would automatically be the person to sit out in Game 2, leaving a little extra suspense for the next day. JMO

    • I wholeheartedly disagree with your second paragraph.

      If you think that Semifinal #4, with James sitting out, isn’t going to be the most exciting, with 2 spots in the finals on the line, I don’t know what to tell you.

      • Michael Johnston | May 23, 2023 at 10:20 am | Reply

        Well, it’s not like I’m not going to watch in protest or anything like that 😉 But, yeah, I think having all three Finals positions in play on Day 2 would have been better.

  5. Bill Vollmer | May 23, 2023 at 12:51 pm | Reply

    Andy; HAS Masters finished taping? I was watching the Dallas Stars/Vegas Golden Knights NHL western conference final playoff gmae, and, in a crowd shot after the announcemnt of two Dallas players going to the penalty box at the same time, I thought I saw James Holzhauer. Who it was mentioned in an Masters interview (and, how he wrote his name on his podium,) is a big VGK fan.
    As for this Final Jeopardy, the “answer” meant nothing to me, so I was 0=2 for Monday’s Masters games.

  6. Bill Vollmer | May 23, 2023 at 12:56 pm | Reply

    In my question about whether Masters has finished taping, though I’m sure many knew this, I must add that the playoff game in question was Sunday afternoon, in Las Vegas.

  7. I am very disappointed in Mattea for not getting FJ! correct. I got it and I recall NOTHING about Drake or Christopher Hatton [likely never knew any more than that Sir Francis Drake was an early English explorer] but I immediately thought a deer on a crest back then would have been called a hind and after thinking ‘The Hind’, I quickly thought ‘The Golden Hind’ sounds a bit familiar.

    [Yes, I do know that Drake was not specified in the clue, I’m just thinking that probably most people who got FJ! right knew more about him than his name. Also, I know some Canadians about Mattea’s age and they seem to know a lot more English history than Americans do.]

    • Bill Vollmer | May 24, 2023 at 12:07 pm | Reply

      I would think that Canadians stereotypically would know more English/European history than we Americans because their history would be from the British, more than the American viewpoint. Although, it seems our “cousins” from the north, know more about the US, it’s history, and, etc., than “some” Americaans.

  8. Yay! I got this Final Jeopardy! right. I remembered some various other names for a deer, and “The Golden Hind” just popped into my brain. We had studied about it back in the day at school. Also – Kudos to Mattea Roach for her great gameplay in this semifinal game!

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