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‘Jeopardy!’ Contestant Betting ‘Aggressively’ on Daily Double Pays Off in Big Way

by Josh Lanier
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A Jeopardy! contestant decided to go big on her Daily Double wager and ended up doubling her money, and putting herself in a position to win.

Emily Sands, a vice president from Minnesota, who is a student of the game, said she realized men tend to bet more “aggressively” on the Daily Doubles and Final Jeopardy. So, she decided to follow suit.

She wagered $9,000, nearly all of her cash at that time. This bet elicited a “Wow! $9,000. Bold, let’s do it,” from guest host Anderson Cooper.

The question was, “In 1921 Channing Cox succeeded this upwardly mobile governor of Massachusetts who went by the same 2 initials?”

The answer is at the bottom of this article.

Emily got in the answer just before the timer went off. “You (did) it at the last second. I’m sweating here,” Cooper said.

This aggressive playstyle paid off for Emily. She took home $36,600 and the win on Thursday’s show. She’ll be back Friday to defend that title on what will be Anderson Cooper’s final night as guest host.

60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whitaker takes over the show on Monday, May 3. Jeopardy! will continue to use guest hosts until producers pick a replacement for former host Alex Trebek, who died last year. The schedule of upcoming hosts can be found here.

Cooper, through his contestants, has raised $78,796 for Justice Defenders this week. Jeopardy! matches the contestant’s winnings and donates it to a charity of the host’s choosing.

Late Legend Alex Trebek on the ‘Rhythm’ in Winning ‘Jeopardy!’

Alex Trebek once told CBS This Morning that one of the most important factors in winning Jeopardy! is establishing a “rhythm.” Aside from the tricky buzzers, it’s important to get a question correct, then another, to establish yourself and to keep your opponents at bay.

“There is definitely a rhythm,” he said. “And a lot of people worry about that signaling device, and I tell them don’t worry once you come up with a correct response you gain in confidence. If you get the next correct response in that category, you own that category.”

He explained this has a profound effect on the psychology of the other Jeopardy! players.

“And the other people — your two opponents — suddenly back off a little and says ‘ah, darn it … that’s his category.”

Pulling off that $9,000 wager on the Daily Double definitely helped Emily on her way to victory Thursday.


Answer: Calvin Coolidge