That's a fair observation, but there's also some headology involved. A contestant who won because you offered a tie may feel moved to return the favor if the roles are reversed in the next game. And a contestant who has seen you offer a tie--whether from the audience or the next podium over--may decide to risk everything from second place if you're in first, hoping you'll do it again. That's to your advantage since that contestant CANNOT then win on a miss.talkingaway wrote: ↑Tue May 19, 2020 6:47 pmAnd, frankly, if I were playing, I might be a bit of a jerk and not offer the tie. My goal is not to liberate Sony's money, per se. I just wouldn't want to have to play the same person twice - as has been stated, buzzer experience and calming of nerves makes it that much more difficult.
For those reasons, along with the pleasure of winning without making BOTH of the other players lose, I'd lean toward offering a tie. But in certain situations, I'd decide not to. For example, am I only in first place because of a last minute DD Hail Mary all-in bet after being outplayed for the whole game? Then I want to get rid of the competition. In other situations it's probably better to offer a tie and face someone I've already outplayed once. Better that than see the next James Holzhauer stride up to the vacant podium.
One thing's for sure. If they brought back the 5-game limit and I was on my fifth game, I would NOT bet to win by a buck if I could bet to tie without changing my odds. That's just a douche move.