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James Holzhauer
« on: May 29, 2019, 11:10:14 PM »
How is there not a thread on this guy yet?

Simply amazing what he's doing night after night!
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Re: James Holzhauer
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2019, 11:49:00 PM »
I know firsthand how hard it is to do what he's doing - I was on Jeopardy and lost the very first game!

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Re: James Holzhauer
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2019, 11:49:31 PM »
I know firsthand how hard it is to do what he's doing - I was on Jeopardy and lost the very first game!
Link?

His breadth of knowledge is simply astounding.
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Re: James Holzhauer
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2019, 11:49:41 PM »
Dan, we should get you up there
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Re: James Holzhauer
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2019, 11:50:15 PM »
Dan, we should get you up there
I do well in some categories, but James is just unreal. Seems to know everything.
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Re: James Holzhauer
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2019, 11:51:43 PM »
I do well in some categories, but James is just unreal. Seems to know everything.
He's certainly unreal.
A lot of us would spend a whole lot of miles just to see you play, though
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Re: James Holzhauer
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2019, 11:54:06 PM »
https://castbox.fm/vb/152499829

Recent Planet money podcast about and featuring him.

They do a good job explaining his unique methods, and the planet money host is his relative, so they are pretty open.
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Re: James Holzhauer
« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2019, 12:09:34 AM »
Link?

A link to my game? It's not online, though I have the video of it on my laptop. Somebody on the Antarctica cruise asked me to show it at one point, but there didn't seem to be too much interest.

If you check here you'll see me listed as a participant (under my English name): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeopardy!_Teen_Tournament

Obviously so much of what James has accomplished is his knowledge (he gets 97% of his buzzes correct vs. only 91% for Ken Jennings) and his unprecedented willingness to bet with no fear, but a lot of it is also reflexes.

In the Teen Tournament that I was on, the clues are much easier, and most of the contestants know most of the answers. It's just a question of who can figure out the timing to be the first one to buzz in as soon as they let you. Buzz too early and you're locked out for .2 seconds, which is a lifetime in the world of Jeopardy!

Sadly I was matched in the first round against the guy who won the whole tournament with his amazing reflexes (and knowledge).
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Re: James Holzhauer
« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2019, 09:29:27 AM »
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Re: James Holzhauer
« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2019, 12:00:35 PM »
While he will likely pass Jenning's $ record, I can't see him lasting 74 games. His strategy is high risk/high reward. He bets a lot on Daily Doubles. If he gets a big one wrong, that could cost him the game.

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Re: James Holzhauer
« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2019, 12:21:20 PM »
While he will likely pass Jenning's $ record, I can't see him lasting 74 games. His strategy is high risk/high reward. He bets a lot on Daily Doubles. If he gets a big one wrong, that could cost him the game.
It's more sophisticated than that. He clearly factors in his opponents scores and their abiility to challenge him in Final.
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Re: James Holzhauer
« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2019, 12:52:54 PM »
It's more sophisticated than that. He clearly factors in his opponents scores and their abiility to challenge him in Final.
Definitely. He bets amounts that would still keep him unreachable if he gets it wrong and the opponent answers correctly.

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Re: James Holzhauer
« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2019, 12:53:21 PM »
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Re: James Holzhauer
« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2019, 12:56:32 PM »
Definitely. He bets amounts that would still keep him unreachable if he gets it wrong and the opponent answers correctly.
Exactly. Though he's more aggressive when the competition is weaker.
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