**Here’s the solution to yesterday’s question.**

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*Note: Refer back to yesterdays post if you need a refresher on the question and the Jeopardy game essentials*

See Jeopardy Math: What’s the most money that a contestant can win on one show?

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OK, let’s get started with the **Jeopardy round’s gameboard**:

For starters, assume that our contestant first-buzzes and correctly answers __all__ of the gameboard’s questions.

Each category has questions totaling $3,000 … and there are 6 categories … so the gameboard has an “displayed total value” of $18,000.

That’s not the most that a contestant can win in that round because it doesn’t consider the impact of the hidden Daily Double square.

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We hinted that you should **assume that the Daily Double is positioned beneficially** … __for the contestant.__

What does that mean?

Well, we want our contestant to amass as much money as possible before scoring the Daily Double.

How does he do that?

By **selecting the low value $200 questions last**, and **being lucky** enough to have the Daily Double hidden under the last $200 question that he selects.

If all of that happens, then the contestant will have amassed **$17,800** before selecting the last $200 question (which we’re assuming has the hidden daily double).

If he bets all $17,800 and answers correctly, then he goes into the Double Jeopardy round with **$35,600** in winnings (2 x $17,800).

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OK, onto the **Double Jeopardy** round.

Apply the same logic as in the Jeopardy round … but, remember that there are **2 Daily Doubles** instead of one.

The Double Jeopardy round’s gameboard has an displayed total value of $36,000.

But, our contestant would want to pick strategically (**saving the $400 questions for last**) and be lucky enough to have the Daily Doubles hidden under the last two $400 questions that he selects.

If all that happens, when the contestant hits the first of the 2 Daily Doubles, he’ll have amassed **$70,800** … the $35,600 that he won in the Jeopardy round and the $35,200 that he would have won up to that point in the Double Jeopardy round ($36,000 less the two $400 questions still on the board.

By going all in and answering correctly, the contestants total jumps to **$141,600**.

When he gets the last question — with the 2nd Daily Double — he can bet the $141,600 … and double it to amass **$283,200** rolling into Final Jeopardy.

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**Final Jeopardy** is easy: all the contestant has to do is bet the $283,200 … answer correctly … and go home with daily winnings of **$566,400**

Note: Since he answered all questions (i.e. no other contestants answered any) our contestant would be the only player in Final Jeopardy. So, he might want to go all in — except for $1 == to be sure that if he answers wrong, his total is still higher that his competitors’.

**$566,400 **is a lot more than Holzhauer’s record-setting $131,127 daily haul.

Why?

1) Because it requires a lot more than rolling a perfect game … always buzzing first and always answering correctly.

Holzhauer answers about 95% of his questions correctly

2) That is, it also requires a favorable gameboard with the Daily Doubles hidden under low value questions.

Note: Placement of the Daily Doubles is strictly under the control of the show’s producers!

#) And. it requires some luck, e.g. picking the low value questions in exactly the right sequence so that the Daily Doubles come up last.

From that point, it’s simple arithmetic…

Whew!

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P,S, Last night, Holzhauer won his 25th consecutive game and upped his haul to $1,939,027. Next milestone in sight: $2 million in total winnings. The Jeopardy record: $2.5 million.

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May 23, 2019 at 8:21 am |

He missed one last night and knew it right away. Too bad. Otherwise he’s killin’ it.