the grisly details...
Kerry Greene: $3,400
Matt Jackson: $3,000
Alex Jacob: $29,600
Uh, gulp. This looks like Watson's runaway against Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings. I thought Matt Jackson was the odds-on favorite. Until he ran into a force of nature and former poker player named Alex Jacob.
Alex (not Trebek) has two big things going for him. He's unbelievably fast on the buzzer, repeatedly beating even the super-swift Jackson. And he's not afraid to go all-in on the Daily Doubles. He used two huge wagers to build his lead. Then he bet nothing in Final Jeopardy and watched his opponents lose big on the tough clue.
Jacob's Wikipedia article features a hilarious picture of him with the Jewish afro to end all Jewish afros. But there was nothing funny about his play yesterday. Of course, his high-wire strategy could backfire in the second half of the final today. I'll update this entry with the results.
UPDATE: Alex (not Trebek) cruised to another big win in the second half of the final to cop the $250,000 grand prize. He nailed one more of his patented all-ins on a Daily Double and left his outmatched opponents far, far behind. Alex (the real Trebek) called it the T of C's most dominating performance ever.