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Gutsiest bet in ‘Jeopardy’ history has man risking nearly $20,000 on a Daily Double

Jeopardy Highlights

When game show clips go viral, they usually involve someone falling flat on their face and losing boatloads of cash, such as the hapless contestant who famously lost a chance to win $1 million on Wheel of Fortune.

Today, however, we’re bringing you something a little bit more uplifting. Earlier this week, Jeopardy contest Philip Liu was in the drivers seat late in the game. With $19,600 racked up and the game nearly over, the other two contestants had $13,600 and $4,000 to their name. Clearly, the game was Liu’s to lose.

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With just seven questions left in the game, Liu chose to answer a $1200 question from the “Country & Town” category. Lo and behold, it was a Daily Double.

Without skipping a beat or even breaking a sweat, Liu confidently said he was going to bet $19,000, a whopping wager with the potential to see Liu drop from first to last place in the blink of an eye.

And so, Alex Trebek read off the question, or in Jeopardy parlance, the answer:

“The country’s busiest port, this southwestern Canadian city is about 15 miles from the U.S. border.”

Here’s how it all played out.


A life long Mac user and Apple enthusiast, Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 6 years. His writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and most recently, TUAW. When not writing about and analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions, the most recent examples being The Walking Dead and Broad City.