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Sargon  (Level: 111.2 - Posts: 1256)
Mon, 24th Jul '06 10:02 PM


It is best to bet on Showdowns or Trivia Wagers?

Kravfighter  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 563)
Mon, 24th Jul '06 11:47 PM

It depends on how fast your computer and internet connection is and how big of a gambler you are, but I would have to say the wagers are better point earners and safer bets. If you lose, though, you can lose big-time points.

Wagers get you more points as long as you bet the maximum and you only need to get the question correct. You aren't competing against anyone so speed is not a major issue. You can also wait until you get a TQOTD in a category you like before you use one.

Showdowns don't earn you as many points and are based on speed as much as accuracy since you are playing against someone. You have no idea what the category is going to be either. You can at least look at the profile of who you will be challenging, though, which can be somewhat helpful - especially if they have a poor showdown victory percentage.

Overall, I think there are more advantages to betting on the wagers, as long as you're willing to bet the maximum.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Tue, 25th Jul '06 1:51 PM

Trivia wagers are less humiliating than showdowns because you're the only one involved.

Kravfighter  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 563)
Tue, 25th Jul '06 9:05 PM

Another good advantage of the trivia wager Eesus!

Missashlee  (Level: 125.6 - Posts: 543)
Wed, 26th Jul '06 1:12 AM

Less humiliating UNLESS you make two wagers in a row at the beginning of the month, lose both, and have your name up TWICE on the Wall of Shame, a.k.a. WAGER RECORDS, for several days, and days, and days....

That was my introduction to wagers! Lesson-learned: I try to avoid wagering at the first of the month.

- Jeanne

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Wed, 26th Jul '06 3:25 AM

Something important to remember when making a wager on your TQOTD: If you get it wrong, you also lose your LEVEL POINTS as well as your wager!

Meaning: if you are level 5.8, and you wager 20,000 points on a TQOTD, and get it wrong, you lose the 20,000 points, AND the .8 from your level! You will revert to just "Level 5"!!

So, if you are brave enough to make a wager, do so when you have reached a new level, or if you are just .1 or .2 into that level, that way, if you lose you will not get too much of a double-whammy.

Bigbird  (Level: 236.1 - Posts: 3300)
Wed, 26th Jul '06 4:47 AM

I just screwed up all my courage and made my very first showdown challenge yesterday - and got the question wrong.

Now, I am hoping that my challengee is on vacation, or has her head in the sand, or something. Very upsetting!!


Kravfighter  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 563)
Wed, 26th Jul '06 5:58 AM

That's another advantage for the trivia wager Big Bird. With the wager you get immediate results and feedback. With that darn showdown it can sometimes be a lot of knuckle-biting waiting for the challengee to respond. Even if you get the question right, it's still stressing as you wonder "Did I answer it fast enough?". When you get one of those people who take a few days to respond, that's even worse!

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Wed, 26th Jul '06 6:08 AM

I must confess to NOT immediately responding to a showdown.. I guess I make the challenger sweat a bit?
One guy challenged me twice in a couple of days, and I dawdled awhile before responding to both. I knew one answer, and had a lucky guess on the second. I was very lucky to come out victorious with over three-quarter of a million of the challenger's points!

I hope you have a successful outcome Alice!


Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Wed, 26th Jul '06 9:26 AM

What's also frustrating about showdowns is you don't get the full 30 seconds to answer your question. I have answered my showdown question correctly in as little as 4 seconds but was still bested by my challenger who answered the question in 3.61 seconds (or something similiar). That is VERY discouraging! And with different computer speeds, different internet speeds, how accurate is that .39 seconds?

(The truth is, its probably very accurate and I would be saying so had I won by .39 seconds instead of lost)

Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Wed, 26th Jul '06 12:58 PM

That's why I always check out the opponents stats first, before I challenge. My average answering speed is about 8 secs, so I never challenge anyone whose average is 8 or less

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Wed, 26th Jul '06 8:32 PM

Or who has a big string of those little gold badge things and they are on level 112.

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