Rare Final Jeopardy Triple Loss in Category of State Capitals

January 20th, 2016 by Staff


On Monday night, January 18, there was a rare occurrence when all three contestants on Jeopardy bet all of their money and none of them answered the Final Jeopardy question in the category of State Capitals correctly, with the game show ending in a triple loss. It marked just the sixth time on Jeopardy that all three contestants bet all of their money in the Final Jeopardy round, and all three lost their money at the end of the game. That meant that three new contestants were on Tuesday night’s Jeopardy episode, according to Chron.

The last time that there was a rare triple loss on Jeopardy in its 32 seasons on the air in which the contestants bet all of their money and lost occurred on February 7 in 2013. That was during a Teen Tournament, and the category was, coincidentally, also State Capitals.

Rare Final Jeopardy Triple Loss in Category of State Capitals

The stage was set for a dramatic Final Jeopardy on Monday night, as two co-returning champions, Claudia Corriere and Mike Drummond, were involved in the game, and the competition was fierce. To make things even more dramatic, both of the co-champions were tied, going into Final Jeopardy, and in the lead. Randi Kristensen, the newcomer, had $6,000 going into Final Jeopardy. Hindsight is 20/20, but if Kristnesen had not bet a dime, she would have been the new Jeopardy champion.

Corriere became one of the two returning co-champions by winning two episodes of Jeopardy in a row on December 17 and December 18 in 2015. With the tension running high, Jeopardy’s host, Alex Trebek, read off the somewhat tricky Final Jeopardy question. He said, “A 1957 event led to the creation of a national historic site in this city, signed into law by a president whose library is now there too.”

Each of the three contestants wrote down a different U.S. city as their answers, or attempted to do so. Kristensen did not have enough time left to complete her answer, “Springfield.” It did not really matter, though, as none of the three contestants were able to answer the question correctly, with Corriere writing “What is Austin, Texas?” To find out what Drumond wrote, check out the clip, below!

If any of the contestants had decided to either bet nothing, or at least, less than all of their money to that point in the game, he or she would have been declared the winner and Jeopardy champion. Instead, as all three bet all of their money, a combined total of $33,000 according to FOX News, there was a three-way tie and a rare triple loss on Jeopardy.

After Alex Trebek said what the answer was, “What is Little Rock, Arkansas?” He had the duty of informing all three of the Jeopardy players that they would not be returning as they all had lost all of their money. He told them that on Tuesday night, the show would have three new hopefuls.

The 1957 “event,” that the Final Jeopardy question referred to was the desegregation of schools in Arkansas. The president who signed into law the creation of a national historic site in Little Rock, Arkansas, was President Bill Clinton. He has a National Library in Little Rock, the capital of Arkansas, that was named after him, according to the New York Daily News.

With the rare triple loss during the Final Jeopardy round on Monday January 18, when all three contestants tied at the end of the game and left without having won any money. Three new contestants tested their knowledge of trivia on Tuesday night’s Jeopardy episode, seeking to become the new Jeopardy champion.

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