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Jeopardy Fans Irked By Former Poker Pro's Unconventional Game Show Strategy

Jacob Wins For The Sixth Time, Increasing Earnings To $149,802

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We’ve been reporting on former poker pro Alex Jacob and his unorthodox, but successful Jeopardy playing style all week. In fact, on Friday Jacob won for the sixth time, increasing his earnings to $149,802, but some game show purists out there still aren’t sold on the 30-year-old’s strategy.

Jacob has been dominating his competition by jumping around each Jeopardy category, which throws his opponents off and allows him to find the Daily Doubles more quickly. Once he gets a Daily Double, he either bets big to make his lead insurmountable, or bets small to steal a double up opportunity from the other contestants.

To commemorate his impressive run, Jacob created the Twitter account @whoisalexjacob and he’s done a great job of archiving not only the positive tweets from his fans, but also the negative tweets from the haters.

Here are a few of our favorites.

Check out Friday’s performance below and watch Jacob defend his title on Monday night.

 
 
 
 

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robtr3
over 6 years ago

"Jacob has been dominating his competition by jumping around each Jeopardy category, which...allows him to find the Daily Doubles more quickly."

Is the placement of the Daily Doubles limited to the higher-dollar questions or does the law of independent trials somehow not apply to this proposition?

 
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shakhtar
over 6 years ago

I was thinking the same thing myself when I read that ridiculous sentence. Daily Doubles are randomly placed, so it makes absolutely no difference how any player plays as far as increasing or decreasing his/her chances of hitting a Daily Double. Then, when they said Alex either bets big or bets small when he hits a daily double, I had to smile. I'm guessing if he feels confident in a category he bets big, and if he feels like it's a weak category for him, he bets small. Hardly Kasparov vs. Karpov type stuff.

 
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Sage1
over 6 years ago

they aren't really randomly placed. It's well known that the middle three rows have much higher percentage of DD than the top and bottom rows. So you jump around in those rows.

Also you want to make sure all the highest value clues are picked, (not running out of time) especially when you have as big an edge as Alex does.

 
 

Sage1
over 6 years ago

Also, it seems like Alex tries very hard to make games runaways so he bets big when it is close to get it to a runaway and if he is protecting a runaway lead then he bets very small.