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Old 06-05-2019, 01:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Railer13 View Post
If you've watched many episodes of Jeopardy, you know that the 'standard' bet for the money leader entering FJ is to bet enough to cover the amount that is twice the current total of the second-place contestant. And, indeed, that's what Emma bet. And James surmised that she would bet that amount. So he bet small, hoping that she would bet big and miss, and thus he would win the game.

Had he bet all of his bank in FJ, and missed the question, he would have forfeited any chance of winning the game. His bet at least gave him an opportunity for the win.
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