Jeopardy! Masters Recap – Tuesday, May 23, 2023 (Game 2)

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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
Andrew He, a software developer from San Francisco, California (1 point)
Andrew He on Jeopardy! Masters
Mattea Roach, a writer & podcaster from Toronto, Ontario, Canada (2 points)
Mattea Roach on Jeopardy! Masters

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

The final semifinal will be between Mattea Roach, Andrew He, and Matt Amodio. With James already having qualified for the finals through his play in the first two of the semifinal matches, it is definitely known that only two of these three players will be playing in the final. A few Internet commenters have surmised that this will be the most important game of the round, and I think that it was good that Jeopardy! left it to the end.

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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 2) by the numbers, along with a recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Fictional Castles; Their Occupational Surname; Cooking Weights & Measures; The Movies; It’S The Silent Consonant; The Universe With Neil Degrasse Tyson)

The Daily Double was down at $400; ergo, it took awhile to find! Andrew found it and doubled up to take the lead. Matt, needing a win, is in second, and Mattea third.

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Andrew 9 correct 1 incorrect
Matt 8 correct 2 incorrect
Mattea 7 correct 0 incorrect

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Andrew $8,800
Matt $4,400
Mattea $2,800

Today’s interviews:

Matt is enjoying a lot of Boston’s history now that he lives in the area.
Andrew spent a lot of time with Jeopardy! alums in D.C.
Mattea gave an immensely touching tribute to their recently-deceased father.

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Century Notes; Let’s Go Gulfing; Barons & Baronesses; Labor; Classic Car TV; Eponyms)

Matt found both Daily Doubles and converted them both to jump into the lead! He had a runaway at the end of Double. Andrew had a runaway over Mattea for second, but Mattea’s strong play to the finish line cemented the important tiebreaker (most correct responses) that should send Mattea through to the final!

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Matt 19 correct 3 incorrect
Andrew 16 correct 4 incorrect
Mattea 14 correct 1 incorrect

Scores going into Final:

Matt $32,800
Andrew $16,000
Mattea $6,400

Final Jeopardy category: Opera & History

Final Jeopardy! clue: Appropriately, the last performance at the Vienna State Opera before it was destroyed in 1945 by Allied bombs was this opera from 1876

Correct response: What is Götterdämmerung?

Nobody got Final — 3 points to Matt, 1 to Andrew, and 0 to Mattea. Mattea takes the correct response tiebreaker, 50–45, to take the third spot in the final!

Tonight’s results:

Mattea $6,400 – $601 = $5,799 (What is Lohengrin?)
Andrew $16,000 – $801 = $15,199 (What is Marriage of Figaro?)
Matt $32,800 – $0 = $32,800 (What an honor it is to share a stage with these wonderful people)

Jeopardy! Masters Semi-Final Standings:

(through May 23)
1st: James Holzhauer (9 points, 3 wins, 72 correct, 51,400 Coryat, 70,000 Pre-FJ)
2nd: Matt Amodio (3 points, 1 win, 44 correct, 36,200 Coryat, 46,200 Pre-FJ)
3rd: Mattea Roach (2 points, 0 wins, 50 correct, 35,000 Coryat, 44,400 Pre-FJ)
4th: Andrew He (2 points, 0 wins, 45 correct, 33,400 Coryat, 37,600 Pre-FJ)

Jeopardy! Masters Game 2 results for May 23, 2023.

Andrew He, 4th place in Jeopardy! Masters.

Other Miscellaneous Game Statistics:

Daily Double locations:

Andrew 4400 +4400 (Mattea 2000 Matt 4000)
2) LET’S GO GULFING $1600 (clue #2)
Matt 6000 +6000 (Mattea 2800 Andrew 8800)
3) CENTURY NOTES $1600 (clue #4, $30000 left on board)
Matt 13200 +13200 (Mattea 2800 Andrew 8800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 300

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Mattea 5 4 3 4 3
Andrew 5 4 2 5 2 4 3 2*
Matt 5 4 3 2 5 4 3 5 3

DJ! Round:
Mattea 4
Matt 4* 3 4*

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Matt 3.75
Andrew 3.38
Mattea 3.83

Game Stats:

Matt $16,800 Coryat, 19 correct, 3 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Andrew $12,000 Coryat, 16 correct, 4 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Mattea $6,400 Coryat, 14 correct, 1 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $35,200
Lach Trash: $11,400 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,400

Player Statistics:

Mattea Roach, career statistics:

857 correct, 92 incorrect
46/54 on rebound attempts (on 147 rebound opportunities)
39.99% in first on buzzer (815/2038)
36/44 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $88,400)
22/36 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,250
To win: 16.4%
To finish second: 37.3%
To finish third: 46.3%

Andrew He, career statistics:

474 correct, 65 incorrect
33/39 on rebound attempts (on 89 rebound opportunities)
32.24% in first on buzzer (441/1368)
27/35 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $110,000)
11/24 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,517

Matt Amodio, career statistics:

1502 correct, 170 incorrect
62/72 on rebound attempts (on 157 rebound opportunities)
50.09% in first on buzzer (1447/2889)
90/102 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $359,800)
33/50 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $24,122
To win: 32.8%
To finish second: 36.0%
To finish third: 31.2%

James Holzhauer:

To win: 50.8%
To finish second: 26.7%
To finish third: 22.5%

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Today’s box score will be linked to when posted by the show.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Matt $32,800 Andrew $16,000 Mattea $6,400)

Mattea: Bet whatever you like. (Actual bet: $601)

Andrew: I’d just bet $0 here. (Actual bet: $801)

Matt: I’d just bet $0 here. (Actual bet: $0)

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17 Comments on "Jeopardy! Masters Recap – Tuesday, May 23, 2023 (Game 2)"

  1. What a great pair of games tonight! Excited to see that Matt made it to the final round. He’s my favorite to win.

  2. Crazy how the 2 people who didn’t even make it to the finals of the TOC are in the finals of this competition. This proves that at this level anything can happen and it all depends on when you find those daily doubles and what you do with them… unless you are James and just are razor sharp on that signaling device

  3. Andrew should have been in 3rd place based on the points he had in that last round. He beat Mattea, but they named her in 3rd because of questions answered. Not fair. Andrew had more points.

    • Lisa:

      Yes—because the show used all three games in the semifinal each player played in. If you remember, Mattea had an incredibly strong performance yesterday against James Holzhauer, which provided them the buffer they needed today.

      It was very fair, and to say otherwise is improper.

      • I can see Lisa’s point if you factor in the whole tournament. I wasn’t a fan of wiping the slate clean for the semi finals but it is what it is. It’s just a shame those first 7 games don’t matter

        • In the World Cup / UEFA Champions League / etc., the group stage results get you out of the group stage, and that’s it.

          You need sustained strong play to become the champion here.

          • Are they playing the same 5 teams over and over again in this example? I really don’t know as I don’t follow the World Cup etc? I really don’t know as I don’t follow soccer.

    • My suggestion: Have two rounds. First round, and finals. Top 3 make it to finals. The Finals should be longer than the first round, or at worst the same allotment of games.

      • I don’t think that would be a good idea. Where else is a finals longer than the entire preliminary element? [For one thing, I think it would give the appearance of only containing the extra contestants to pad the series with no expectation of them making it to the finals.]

        I also disagree with [other] Lisa above about the fairness of number of questions answered winning over total points. That’s the format and rules they entered into and that is really all that matters (and Andy explained why that format is reasonable).

        Additionally, the biggest difference between points and number of questions answered is DD betting [aside from the lower point clues having greater effect on number of questions answered than on number of points accumulated]. I personally would love watching Jeopardy! games with no DDs, but they have always been a big part of Jeopardy! so I have no grudges against those who win that way (nor even extra sympathy for those who lose that way).

  4. Michael Johnston | May 23, 2023 at 9:28 pm | Reply

    My first thought was of a dramatic piece from around that time, The Ride of the Valkyries. I thought that The Valkyrie itself might be too early, before realizing that Twilight of the Gods was an even better fit!

  5. Robert Greco | May 23, 2023 at 9:44 pm | Reply

    I am confused … answer tonight was ” where’s the beef” and that is the way he responded…I think this is incorrect since it’s not in form of a question.

  6. I was disappointed to see Andrew not be able to proceed. As much as I like Matt, I wish it was Andrew and Mattea going up against James.

  7. It’s fascinating to me how many of the Masters games ended up in “double runaways” with all 3 positions locked in before Final. I didn’t actually keep count, and it’s just luck, but I found it interesting.

  8. Loved it when Andrew had Sam Buttrey call out his whimsical “bring it” for the last clue. I seldom laugh out loud during Jeopardy, but this tournament gave me a few opportunities, and that was one of them.

  9. Bill Vollmer | May 24, 2023 at 12:01 pm | Reply

    For this Masters competition, it was decided to use “match points” instead of game scores, as is usually done in Jeopardy competition. Presumably all the players knew, and, agreed to that scoring to decide who made the semi-finals, and, the final, before the competition began. If the players had no problem with using “match points,” and/or using total number of correct answers in each round as a tie breaker, why should we?
    I actual knew of “Gotterdammerung” the myth (from a Captain America story,) didn’t know that Wagner had made an opera of it. But can see some analogy between “The Twilight of the Gods” and the bombing of Vienna.

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