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Old 04-11-2015, 07:10 AM   #1
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Former poker standout Alex Jacob 6-time winner on Jeopardy

One of pokers rising stars around 2007, Alex cut back his schedule but still plays several events every year at the wsop.

He won Fridays match with some well played daily double questions, and will return on Monday to defend as champion.

http://www.jeopardy.com/showguide/thisweek/

Good luck Alex!
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Old 04-11-2015, 08:16 AM   #2
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Re: Former poker standout Alex Jacob on jeopardy Monday 4/13

According to his @whoisalexjacob twitter, the key to his victory was stalling once he got the lead.
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Old 04-11-2015, 08:35 AM   #3
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Re: Former poker standout Alex Jacob on jeopardy Monday 4/13

Isn't there supposed to be a containment thread for these?
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Old 04-11-2015, 09:49 AM   #4
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Re: Former poker standout Alex Jacob on jeopardy Monday 4/13

It's better than most Chainsaw threads.

Reading the description of the game, Alex appeared to tank on one of the Daily Double questions, and 4 clues weren't revealed
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Old 04-11-2015, 10:33 AM   #5
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Re: Former poker standout Alex Jacob on jeopardy Monday 4/13

the crazy looking dude with the afro? i hope he still has it when it goes on Jeopardy
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Old 04-11-2015, 02:14 PM   #6
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Re: Former poker standout Alex Jacob on jeopardy Monday 4/13

I tanked on Jeopardy, baby, oooh o-ooo hoo
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Old 04-11-2015, 03:05 PM   #7
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Re: Former poker standout Alex Jacob on jeopardy Monday 4/13

I was watching a WSOP 2007 event literally yesterday and was wondering wtf happened to Alex Jacob, they were touting him as the next big thing at the time
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Old 04-11-2015, 03:26 PM   #8
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Re: Former poker standout Alex Jacob on jeopardy Monday 4/13

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According to his @whoisalexjacob twitter, the key to his victory was stalling once he got the lead.
He borrowed this strategy from the stallers in the WPT/WSOP.
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Old 04-11-2015, 03:26 PM   #9
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Re: Former poker standout Alex Jacob on jeopardy Monday 4/13

I watched the show not knowing who he is and was very impressed not just by his general knowledge but also by his smart GTO plays. He made a big move on the first Daily Double by betting all in for $8,600 when he had a small lead , he got the question right and amassed a big advantage , then when he got the second daily double he stalled for as long as possible before making a reasonable safe wager , by the Final Jeopardy question [ which he missed] he had more than twice the second place player, and already had the match sewn up. . I 'm looking forward to next weeks matches. He's going to be tough to beat
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Old 04-11-2015, 05:15 PM   #10
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Re: Former poker standout Alex Jacob on jeopardy Monday 4/13


found the episode online (might take 3-4 mins to play don't why)
http://vodlocker.com/mqx14ib84dtu
The brilliant thing as domda mentioned was when he hit the daily double he bet it all even though he was the leader, so many people don't take proper advantage of the daily double and instead hope that they will be correct on final jeopardy which can be a pig in a poke, you're better off locking-out your opponents if you have a reasonable knowledge of the category.

the funny parts in this show was miss because he forgot to answer in roman numerals and when Alex Trebek slowrolled him a bit when Jacob's wasn't for sure that he answered right.

United States Poker Championship 2006 final table
https://www.pokertube.com/videos/uni...ip-2006-e12-14

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Old 04-11-2015, 05:24 PM   #11
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Re: Former poker standout Alex Jacob on jeopardy Monday 4/13

Cool stuff, best of luck.
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Old 04-11-2015, 06:22 PM   #12
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Re: Former poker standout Alex Jacob on jeopardy Monday 4/13

I wrote a college thesis paper last year on Jeopardy wagering strategies for contestants on the final round of Jeopardy. I found myself making a ton of EV calculations; "You don't know what player X is going to wager, but seeing as player X is going to wager $Y this percent of the time, player A would maximize their value by wagering this amount."

There were so many situations that I came across that I felt I could literally replace a couple words and I could be describing a fold/call decision on the river.

Anyways, I will definitely tune in on Monday
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Old 04-11-2015, 06:31 PM   #13
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Re: Former poker standout Alex Jacob on jeopardy Monday 4/13

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I wrote a college thesis paper last year on Jeopardy wagering strategies for contestants on the final round of Jeopardy. I found myself making a ton of EV calculations; "You don't know what player X is going to wager, but seeing as player X is going to wager $Y this percent of the time, player A would maximize their value by wagering this amount."

There were so many situations that I came across that I felt I could literally replace a couple words and I could be describing a fold/call decision on the river.

Anyways, I will definitely tune in on Monday
look at this channel
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...gpEECq0r1V5DBm
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Old 04-11-2015, 06:54 PM   #14
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Re: Former poker standout Alex Jacob on jeopardy Monday 4/13

The old USPC was some of my favorite poker coverage.
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Old 04-11-2015, 07:00 PM   #15
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Re: Former poker standout Alex Jacob on jeopardy Monday 4/13

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I looked at some of these. I definitely liked the structure of how he was presenting his data, but I tended to disagree with some of the things that he said. I approached it with the mindset of, "Players should have the primary goal of winning the game, with the secondary goal of winning the game with as much money as possible."

I did this project last year, by the way. My summary was that about 8% of players were losing games that they should have won, while 80-85% of winning players were winning an average of $3,000 less if they wagered optimally. (This was done by analyzing optimal strategies for certain situations, and then comparing them to how the actual contestants acted. Sample size was right around 350 episodes I believe).
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Old 04-12-2015, 03:05 AM   #16
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Re: Former poker standout Alex Jacob on jeopardy Monday 4/13

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnPFS3cV8qg
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Old 04-12-2015, 03:22 AM   #17
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According to his @whoisalexjacob twitter, the key to his victory was stalling once he got the lead.
applied some GTO poker tactics, i see nothing wrong with stalling, whatever is within the rules
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Old 04-12-2015, 04:24 PM   #18
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Re: Former poker standout Alex Jacob on jeopardy Monday 4/13

You see! Our US politicians got it all wrong. Not all poker players are dumb, dirty, sleeze buckets after all!

GO FIGURE!

P.S. - I thought it was classic but funny and amusing during the early chatting bio segment and Trebek asked about losses and Jacob referred to big swing with the Swiss currency earlier in the year (as opposed to any poker related swings). Just goes to show you where the real "gambling" is occurring.

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Old 04-13-2015, 12:20 AM   #19
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Re: Former poker standout Alex Jacob on jeopardy Monday 4/13

I watched the show Friday evening. That dude is unbelievably demonstrative; deep breaths, sighs, eye rolls...quite funny.
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Old 04-13-2015, 02:34 AM   #20
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Re: Former poker standout Alex Jacob on jeopardy Monday 4/13

He smoked Disco category in the first round, had to be the old afro.
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Old 04-13-2015, 03:19 AM   #21
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Re: Former poker standout Alex Jacob on jeopardy Monday 4/13

Gotta say it was pretty refreshing seeing someone eyeroll at Trebek. Best of luck to him.
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Old 04-13-2015, 03:53 AM   #22
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Re: Former poker standout Alex Jacob on jeopardy Monday 4/13

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I looked at some of these. I definitely liked the structure of how he was presenting his data, but I tended to disagree with some of the things that he said. I approached it with the mindset of, "Players should have the primary goal of winning the game, with the secondary goal of winning the game with as much money as possible."

I did this project last year, by the way. My summary was that about 8% of players were losing games that they should have won, while 80-85% of winning players were winning an average of $3,000 less if they wagered optimally. (This was done by analyzing optimal strategies for certain situations, and then comparing them to how the actual contestants acted. Sample size was right around 350 episodes I believe).
Is there anywhere online your paper can be found?
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Old 04-13-2015, 04:21 AM   #23
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Re: Former poker standout Alex Jacob on jeopardy Monday 4/13

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applied some GTO poker tactics, i see nothing wrong with stalling, whatever is within the rules
Meh.....it was more of a slow roll than a stall
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Old 04-13-2015, 12:23 PM   #24
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Re: Former poker standout Alex Jacob on jeopardy Monday 4/13

Awesome stuff
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Old 04-13-2015, 03:28 PM   #25
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Re: Former poker standout Alex Jacob on jeopardy Monday 4/13

so how many episodes did he win? still going?

guess i will tune in tonight if i remember
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