Many people may not see the connection between poker or online poker and the incredibly popular quiz show Jeopardy!. However, people who follow the poker megastar Alex Jacob certainly see the two as related. Jacob has been competing on the quiz show for the past six days. His unorthodox playing strategy seems to be paying off for him. Normally, players stay within categories on the Jeopardy! quiz board. Since the questions get progressively harder in each category, it makes sense to stay within the categories to allow your brain to stay connected with the topic. Jacobs isn’t doing that. He is tackling the quiz board differently.
Jacob jumps from topic to topic when he has control of the game board. There are two results of this unorthodox strategy. First, it throws off his opponents. They aren’t able to stay focused on a single topic. Secondly, Jacob is actually jumping around the board to find all of the daily doubles. These surprise screens allow him to wager his money on the question. As a poker player, this wagering comes naturally! Jacob is able to gain nearly insurmountable leads once he finds the daily doubles. If Jacob is shaky on the category, he will simply bet low on a daily double. Yes, he won’t make money off of the bet. However, this strategy prevents his opponents from getting the doubles.
Reaction to Alex Jacobs by Jeopardy! fans on Twitter has been polarizing. Some people think he is an intense genius who will be the best contestant ever. Other viewers think he is a sick psychopath out to destroy the integrity of the game. As poker players, it’s certainly hard not to admire the guy! What do you think?