Watch: Ken Jennings says ‘dumb luck’ a big part of ‘Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time’ victory
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‘It was really hard to know what to wager. Really, it’s dumb luck more than anything else that things went OK more often that not when I made big bets,’ Jennings said in a recent video
During the “Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time” tournament, Ken Jennings buzzed in on 192 questions.
He answered 179 correctly — a 93.23% accuracy rate.
“Jeopardy!” is currently re-airing the tournament that lasted four nights and drew nearly 15 million viewers for each episode.
On Wednesday, game one of the tournament’s final match (one match equals two regular “Jeopardy!” games) aired. And Jennings only missed one question.
Answer: In 1693 this physicist & lifelong bachelor said friend John Locke endeavored to embroil me with women.
Question: Who is Newton?
Going into the game’s Final Jeopardy, Jennings led with 32,800 points. Holzhauer had 22,800.
Jennings pulled the Holzhauer “all in” move and wagered his entire total on the Final Jeopardy question. Holzhauer wagered just a portion of his total.
The clue: “This area of Greece, home to Pan, is synonymous with a rural paradise; it’s a setting for Virgil’s shepherd poems the ‘Eclogues.’”
Both Holzhauer and Jennings got it right — “What is Arcadia?”
But in a recent video “Jeopardy!” released, Holzhauer admitted it was an educated guess.
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“I don’t know that much about Greece,” he said. “I kind of felt like I had to make at least a sizeable bet, but I thought also if a super hard question comes up there and Ken gets it wrong, I’d rather have some chips left in front of me if he’s going down to zero. It’s tough figuring out these wagers.”
“I will say I think that the Final Jeopardy came in a little easier than I was expecting in this tournament,” Holzhauer continued. “I kept waiting for that killer one to strike us all down, but didn’t.”
ABC During the “Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time” tournament, Ken Jennings pulled a James Holzhauer move and went “all-in” on a Final Jeopardy question about Greece.
Jennings agreed that the Final Jeopardy questions were “pretty reasonable” and admitted that he often had a hard time determining what to wager.
“In a regular game of ‘Jeopardy!’ wagering is pretty much a science … and it’s an art in two-game total point finals — especially some untested kind of first-to-three format like this,” he said. “It was really hard to know what to wager. Really, it’s dumb luck more than anything else that things went OK more often that not when I made big bets.”
Jennings’ large, all-in wager brought his game one total to 65,000 points. Holzhauer ended the game with 34,181 points.
The second game of the final match airs Thursday night.