Jeopardy! Masters Semi-Final Preview

After two weeks and seven episodes, Jeopardy! Masters has dropped from six players to four for the semi-finals. The standings from the quarterfinals have been reset to zero, and after four games (two episodes)—every three-player combination of the four remaining players—the top three will play in a two-game total-point final on Wednesday, May 24. Here’s the “tale of the tape” of the remaining four players:

James Holzhauer, Las Vegas, Nevada

James Holzhauer on Jeopardy! Masters
1694 correct, 79 incorrect
52/56 on rebound attempts (on 116 rebound opportunities)
53.04% in first on buzzer (1562/2945)
96/103 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $827,993)
41/52 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $27,008
To win: 41.9%
To make finals: 87.3%

Andy’s Thoughts: James is the clear favorite going into the semi-finals of Jeopardy! Masters and the only disagreement among pundits would be to what degree James is the favorite. James won 6 of his 7 games in the quarterfinals—but has also missed 8 consecutive Final Jeopardy! clues, dating back to the Greatest of All Time Tournament in 2020. Between that and the variance inherent in a game of Jeopardy! means that “the field” still has a slight advantage over James at this point.

Andrew He, San Francisco, California

Andrew He on Jeopardy! Masters
429 correct, 57 incorrect
29/34 on rebound attempts (on 79 rebound opportunities)
33.25% in first on buzzer (398/1197)
25/33 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $104,600)
9/21 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,143
To win: 15.7%
To make finals: 65.8%

Andy’s Thoughts: Andrew finished the quarterfinals in second place, but he definitely didn’t seem to be as strong as the tournament carried on. (Though, to be fair, becoming a new parent would absolutely do that). As always, Andrew lives and dies by the Daily Doubles; if they work out in his favor over the next two episodes, we will absolutely see him in the final.

Matt Amodio, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Matt Amodio on Jeopardy! Masters
1458 correct, 158 incorrect
60/70 on rebound attempts (on 147 rebound opportunities)
51.47% in first on buzzer (1399/2718)
88/99 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $346,600)
32/47 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $24,875
To win: 28.8%
To make finals: 79.8%

Andy’s Thoughts: Matt seems to have found his game as the tournament progressed and was the only player to beat James Holzhauer in the quarters. If Matt can keep this up, he has a very good chance at making the finals—he’s second-favorite at this point for a reason.

Mattea Roach, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Mattea Roach on Jeopardy! Masters
807 correct, 87 incorrect
39/47 on rebound attempts (on 133 rebound opportunities)
41.37% in first on buzzer (772/1866)
34/42 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $75,800)
22/33 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,758
To win: 13.6%
To make finals: 67.1%

Andy’s Thoughts: Mattea had a few very strong performances in the quarterfinals; they even impressed the show’s producers, who made a point on a recent Inside Jeopardy! to compliment Mattea’s very strong timing on the signaling device. Unfortunately, with the taping schedule of the end of the tournament not being publicized, it will be difficult to tell how much Mattea was affected by the death of their father in early May. (I would like to offer my condolences to Mattea and their family.)

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1 Comment on "Jeopardy! Masters Semi-Final Preview"

  1. He did miss all those Final Jeopardy clues but he was making jokes on a number of them and did not try to answer them with the game already clinched.

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