Final Jeopardy: The 50 States

The Final Jeopardy question (11/1/2012) in the category “The 50 States” was:

Gambling as a commercial enterprise in some form is legal in all states except Hawaii & this state.

6-day champ Keith Whitener is up to $118,398 in winnings. It should be an exciting game today as he faces off for a 7th win against these two players: Elizabeth Pfeifer, from Oakton, VA and  John Mahone, from Brooklyn, NY.

Keith found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Polynesia” before the commercial break and right after losing $800 on the previous clue. He still was in the lead with $2,200, $400 more than John in second place. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

The easternmost outpost of Polynesia, it lies about 2,200 miles off the coast of Chile.

Keith finished in the lead with $6,400. John was second with $5,000 and Elizabeth was last with $2,000.

Keith found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Will Power,” a video. He was in the lead with $13,600, $3,800 more than John in second place. Feeling much bolder today (or throwing caution to the wind, depending on your point of view), Keith bet $5,000, and he was RIGHT.

He was first in his law class at Stanford.

Keith found the last Daily Double in “Education.” He now had $20,200, $9,800 more than John in second place. He bet $5,000 again and he was RIGHT again.

In the 1950s, Robert Havighurst popularized the phrase: this “moment,” meaning an opportunity to learn something.

Keith finished in the lead with a runaway $25,200. John was next with $10,600 and Elizabeth was right behind him with $10,000.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Utah and Hawaii are the only states that prohibit any form of gambling, even charitable gambling. Prior to 2002, Tennessee also prohibited all forms of gambling but lotteries to benefit education were legalized after a 2002 vote. Tennessee still prohibits charitable gambling. (wikipedia)

Elizabeth bet nothing so she remained at $10,000.

John bet $10,500, finishing with $21,100.

Keith bet $3,999 so he ended up with $29,199 today. His 7-day total is now a whopping $147,597. Alex mentioned in the beginning of the game that one of Keith’s opponents yesterday congratulated him at the end of the game and hoped that Keith will go on to win 75 more games (and thereby beat Ken Jennings as the all-time winner). That still remains to be seen, but we do know we will see Keith tomorrow.

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