The PR flacks at Sony have sent out a press release to TV writers about tonight’s episode:
This Friday, March 16th, 2007…and for the first time in 23 years, “Jeopardy!” history will be made. It was such a remarkable event we consulted a Game Theory expert and he said it may never happen again! I wish I could give you more information about this special show, unfortunately, I can only encourage you and your valuable readers to watch Friday’s program. Alex Trebek and our producers remain mum and I, myself, have been sworn to secrecy.
So what are your guesses? I don’t think it has anything to do with dollar amounts - Jennings reset most, if not all, of them during his trun.
I’m guessing something like a 2 or 3-way tie at the end of the show.
Two way ties have happened before, they just bring back both players for the next show. A three way tie with an actual money value would be pretty crazy, I could see somehow everyone ending with zero. What happens if someone finishes double jeopardy with zero so they don’t get a shot at final, and then someone else bets it all in final jeopardy and loses, who finished 2nd and who finished 3rd? Could you come in 2nd even though you weren’t even allowed to stay on the stage for final jeopardy? How do they judge any ties between 2nd and 3rd?
Three way tie all contestants with $1. Most contestants don’t bet up to the same am’t during Final Jeopardy wagering, but many will set their wagers so that no matter what happens, they wind up with $1.
I always though that, eventually, three Final players would miss the question, and each would have wagered everything but $1, since it is pretty common to do that.