Look, this is nowhere near the Regis version of the game where they were giving away money. After the gimme five, the questions are either decently difficult or quite simply, not trivia questions at all. More like minutia one cannot study for. You didn't get a tough stack, you misjudged the difficulty of the game at present.
So don't beat yourself up over not reaching $50k, because I'm not sure the very best players at TCONA would do so more than half the time. To do so takes a fortunate set of circumstances.
Completely agree. There are certain questions I've seen on this newer version that I call "go to hell" questions. Ones where even the best trivia minds can do no more than narrow it down.
The Manute Bol/Statue of Liberty that Josh ended his run on is one. The weapon not found in the original version of the Clue board game is another. There was one I saw a couple of weeks ago about worst advertising disasters that qualified. There is just a level of insane minutia that no one can reasonably be expected to know, no matter how well-read or well-prepared.
That's not even getting into the difficulty of having to get every single question on the questions that are actually trivia.
So yeah, methinks you were being a little overoptimistic, Wayne.
I passed their 30 question test with ease and often dominate when I watch the game from home, too, including six figure questions. However
, there are also question stacks where I would have erred before even hitting $5k. As Golf correctly noted, luck plays a far greater element in Millionaire than it does even in Jeopardy. (And with DDs, wildly different opponent strengths, categories, buzzer wars, etc. we know Jeopardy can often go either way)