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  1. #221
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    Quote Originally Posted by throatybeard View Post
    Certainly not.

    I'm 42 and my memory has taken a pretty big hit just in the last couple years.
    You ain't seen nothin' yet, ha ha.

  2. #222
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    By the time this week started, Jason Zuffranieri was already the third-winningest contestant ever in regular games, behind Jennings and Holzhauer.

    As of 24 Sep 2019, he is up to eighteen games and a half million (!) in prize money ($502,096). I really like him. He's more personable than Holzhauer, and seems more rootably mortal because he has survived more a couple more close calls. He does play sort of conservatively, but it's hard to judge whether one would make the same judgment had they never seen Holzhauer, or indeed, perhaps, if JH's episodes weren't airing in reruns simultaneously. I didn't see JH's whole run, but at the end, I was unperturbed when he lost--I like him, but the whole thing was sort of like watching a smiling-but-deadpan steamroller. I'll genuinely miss Jason when he's dethroned.

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  3. #223
    Quote Originally Posted by throatybeard View Post
    He's more personable than Holzhauer...
    That's a long list.

  4. #224
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    I didn’t watch but apparently Holzhauer won the tournament of champions. But the more interesting story is that he’s going to face off against Ken Jennings in January in a Greatest of All Time tournament. That should be worth checking out.

    https://amp.usatoday.com/amp/4201669002
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  5. #225
    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Rosenrosen View Post
    I didn’t watch but apparently Holzhauer won the tournament of champions. But the more interesting story is that he’s going to face off against Ken Jennings in January in a Greatest of All Time tournament. That should be worth checking out.

    https://amp.usatoday.com/amp/4201669002
    And Brad Rutter who has never lost at Jeopardy to a human. Should be very exciting as they are clearly the 3 best Jeopardy players to ever play the game.

    I've been talking w/ friends and we all agreed we needed like a week of just these 3 playing... now we may even get more than just a week! (technically at least 3 nights, at most 7 nights. 6 games or 14 games).

  6. #226
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    Quote Originally Posted by InSpades View Post
    And Brad Rutter who has never lost at Jeopardy to a human. Should be very exciting as they are clearly the 3 best Jeopardy players to ever play the game.

    I've been talking w/ friends and we all agreed we needed like a week of just these 3 playing... now we may even get more than just a week! (technically at least 3 nights, at most 7 nights. 6 games or 14 games).
    I hope Alex is able to sustain his health long enough to host the tournament. It would seem a fitting moment for him after all these years. Maybe a moment of closure. I wouldn’t be surprised if the timing has something to do with the late stage of his fight against cancer.
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  7. #227
    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Rosenrosen View Post
    I hope Alex is able to sustain his health long enough to host the tournament. It would seem a fitting moment for him after all these years. Maybe a moment of closure. I wouldn’t be surprised if the timing has something to do with the late stage of his fight against cancer.
    Sadly, I had the same thought when I read about this.

  8. #228
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Rosenrosen View Post
    I hope Alex is able to sustain his health long enough to host the tournament. It would seem a fitting moment for him after all these years. Maybe a moment of closure. I wouldn’t be surprised if the timing has something to do with the late stage of his fight against cancer.
    The article said that it is filming early next month (which I assume means December). Hopefully, they will use it as an opportunity to pay tribute to him. It is truly amazing that he has continued working given his medical challenges.

  9. #229
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    Vegas says Holzhauer is the favorite, with Jennings second. Brad Rutter is actually a very distant third, even though he has never lost.

    I tend to agree that James is probably going to win.
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  10. #230
    I can't imagine that Jennings is still in fighting form.

    All in on James.
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  11. #231
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    Quote Originally Posted by rsvman View Post
    Vegas says Holzhauer is the favorite, with Jennings second. Brad Rutter is actually a very distant third, even though he has never lost.

    I tend to agree that James is probably going to win.
    I can't even remember Rutter, but then again I can't remember what I had for dinner last night, either...

  12. #232
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    Quote Originally Posted by weezie View Post
    I can't imagine that Jennings is still in fighting form.

    All in on James.
    Jennings actually looked really good during the recent Tournament of Champions "team" event that they had, although Rutter's team won. To my eye, Jennings is still on his game.
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  13. #233
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    Quote Originally Posted by rsvman View Post
    Vegas says Holzhauer is the favorite, with Jennings second. Brad Rutter is actually a very distant third, even though he has never lost.

    I tend to agree that James is probably going to win.
    Will they significantly increase the difficulty of the questions for this "Greatest of All Time" event?

    Otherwise, I suspect that all 3 contestants will know nearly every answer and it will probably come down to whichever player is best with the buzzer. Potential advantage to James here as he has had a lot of practice with the buzzer recently, though the stats (see below) don't suggest that James is currently any better with the buzzer than Ken was during his original run way back in 2004.

    That being said, it appears to me that the questions in the Tournament of Champions were a bit more difficult than the regular show. For example, after getting 72 of 76 Daily Doubles correct during his 34 game run on the regular show, James actually missed 2 of 8 Daily Doubles in the Tournament of Champions. If the questions are even harder for the "Greatest of All Time" event, James' aggressive Daily Double betting strategy will be riskier.

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    For what it is worth, here are links which provide Jeopardy stats for James, Ken, and Brad. If you look at regular games only and exclude various tournaments, which may or may not have harder questions, here are some key stats.

    Regular Question Results
    - James: 1186 of 1222 correct (97%)
    - Ken: 2694 of 2958 correct (91%)
    - Brad: 136 of 146 correct (93%)

    Daily Double Results
    - James: 72 of 76 correct (95%)
    - Ken: 133 of 160 correct (83%)
    - Brad: 8 of 8 correct (100%)

    Final Jeopardy Results
    - James: 32 of 33 correct (97%)
    - Ken: 57 of 75 correct (68%)
    - Brad: 3 of 5 correct (60%)

    Buzzer Results
    - James: was first to buzz in 58% of the time
    - Ken: was first to buzz in 61% of the time
    - Brad: can't find a link to buzzer results

    James seems to have a clear edge over Ken in terms of Daily Double and, especially, Final Jeopardy success. Both players seem pretty similar in terms of buzzer speed.

    Hard to draw much from Brad's time on the regular show (he played in the era when players were limited to 5 games). If you include all the various tournament he has played, he is 40 for 47 (85%) in Daily Doubles and 19 of 29 (66%) in Final Jeopardy questions. These results are more similar to Ken than James.

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