Jeopardy! Masters Recap – Tuesday, May 23, 2023 (Game 1)

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This game’s Jeopardy! Masters contestants:

Matt Amodio, a postdoctoral researcher from Cambridge, Massachusetts (0 points)
Matt Amodio on Jeopardy! Masters
Mattea Roach, a writer & podcaster from Toronto, Ontario, Canada (1 point)
Mattea Roach on Jeopardy! Masters
James Holzhauer, a self-described game show villain from Las Vegas, Nevada (6 points)
James Holzhauer on Jeopardy! Masters

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Today’s third semifinal is between James, Mattea, and Matt, the 1, 3, and 4 seeds after the quarterfinals, with #2 seed Andrew He sitting out. I’m hoping Mattea won’t feel too down about missing an opportunity to beat James in last night’s second game, but instead, potentially take their incredibly strong performance on the signaling device as a positive to take into this game.

One other thing of note going into today’s game: I spent today auditing my statistics pages and noticed a couple of mistakes from earlier in the tournament regarding my “buzzing in first” stats. They have been corrected, and the running totals are correct.

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Game Recap & Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! Masters today? Here’s the Tuesday, May 23, 2023 Jeopardy! Masters (game 1) by the numbers, along with a recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: In The National Inventors Hall Of Fame; Black History & Culture; From “H” To “Y”; Power Occupants; Oh, We Have ’80s Pop Culture References; You Can’t Go There)

James found the Daily Double immediately; he went out to a lead. While Mattea wasn’t first in much on the buzzer, they picked up 3 rebounds to sit a strong second!

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

James 13 correct 2 incorrect
Mattea 8 correct 0 incorrect
Matt 7 correct 3 incorrect

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

James $6,800
Mattea $4,000
Matt $1,600

Today’s interviews:

Matt has found that people have struggled to find his academic research after Jeopardy!
Mattea starred in their friend’s Instagram story.
James got to operate the siren at a Golden Knights game.

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: For Masters Only; Sculptors; Mythical Geography; Questionable Music Choices; Plants & Trees; Before, During & After)

James got to the first Daily Double, and Matt got to the second. Unfortunately for Matt, he fell back to $0. This meant that James and Mattea both had runaways for their respective positions going into Final!

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

James 23 correct 3 incorrect
Mattea 16 correct 0 incorrect
Matt 14 correct 5 incorrect

Scores going into Final:

James $25,200
Mattea $11,200
Matt $5,200

Final Jeopardy category: Real People In Shakespeare

Final Jeopardy! clue: In Shakespeare this man is a rival of Prince Hal; in real life he was older than Hal’s father

Correct response: Who is Hotspur?

Final Jeopardy! was a Triple Stumper; 3 points to James, 1 for Mattea, 0 for Matt!

Tonight’s results:

Matt $5,200 – $5,200 = $0 (Who Louis X?)
Mattea $11,200 – $314 = $10,886 (Who is Henry of Navarre?)
James $25,200 – $908 = $24,292 (Who is Richard II)

Jeopardy! Masters Game 1 results for May 23, 2023.

Other Miscellaneous Game Statistics:

Daily Double locations:

1) BLACK HISTORY & CULTURE $1000 (clue #1)
James 0 +1000 (Mattea 0 Matt 0)
2) MYTHICAL GEOGRAPHY $800 (clue #3)
James 8400 +8400 (Mattea 4000 Matt 2800)
3) PLANTS & TREES $1200 (clue #9, $24000 left on board)
Matt 6000 -6000 (James 17600 Mattea 6000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 100

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
James 5*

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

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

James 3.80
Mattea 4.00
Matt 3.00

Game Stats:

James $17,600 Coryat, 23 correct, 3 incorrect, 40.35% in first on buzzer (23/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Mattea $11,200 Coryat, 16 correct, 0 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 5/5 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Matt $11,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 5 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $40,000
Lach Trash: $7,000 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,000

Player Statistics:

James Holzhauer, career statistics:

1766 correct, 86 incorrect
54/59 on rebound attempts (on 126 rebound opportunities)
52.29% in first on buzzer (1630/3117)
101/108 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $851,593)
43/55 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $26,469

Mattea Roach, career statistics:

843 correct, 90 incorrect
44/52 on rebound attempts (on 141 rebound opportunities)
40.48% in first on buzzer (802/1981)
36/44 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $88,400)
22/35 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,560

Matt Amodio, career statistics:

1483 correct, 166 incorrect
61/71 on rebound attempts (on 153 rebound opportunities)
50.42% in first on buzzer (1428/2832)
88/100 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $340,600)
33/49 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $24,268

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Rules reminder: If responses are already in the form of a question, such as “Where’s The Beef?”, the response can be given on its own without adding further phrasing. The show’s rules expressly permit this, and James was absolutely correct in doing this.
  • Today’s box score will be linked to when posted by the show.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: James $25,200 Mattea $11,200 Matt $5,200)

James: I’d bet $0. (Actual bet: $908)

Mattea: I’d bet $0 here too. (Actual bet: $314)

Matt: Bet whatever you like. (Actual bet: $5,200)

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3 Comments on "Jeopardy! Masters Recap – Tuesday, May 23, 2023 (Game 1)"

  1. Kudos to James beating everyone twice in the semi finals

  2. Michael Johnston | May 23, 2023 at 9:21 pm | Reply

    Bleh, one (or two) of the Shakespearian plays I have never read.

    Current FJ streak: 1L

  3. Bill Vollmer | May 24, 2023 at 11:47 am | Reply

    Since I have only slight knowledge of Shakespeare, his works, and, the history of his time, I would’ve had to been either very initutive, or, lucky to have the correct response for this FJ. I was neither.

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