Arthur Chu, Controversial Jeopardy Contestant, Wins AgainBy: Tobias Roth - February 25, 2014
Arthur Chu gained a great deal of social attention during his first-run on Jeopardy when he appeared on the popular game show in January. Chu made headlines for his odd playing style on the show, and many people even criticized his performances, saying that he was not a fun player to watch.
Chu is an insurance compliance worker by night, and a voice-over actor by day. He is 30 years old, and before returning to the show last night, he had already accumulated a total of $102,800 in winnings.
He won his first four appearances on Jeopardy, which began on January 28th. In last night’s appearance on the show, he dominated the competition with his unique style where he goes for the biggest clues first. He earned $20,800 in his return to the show, and had more than four times the total of both of his opponents heading into final jeopardy.
Earlier this month Arthur Chu said “I can understand it’s less pleasant to watch, but the producers weren’t paying me to make the show pleasant to watch. If you were playing for fun, you could talk about poor sportsmanship, but within the rules, it’s about winning. If you don’t like it, change the rules.”
Some people have called him a villain, and has received a fair amount of hate from Jeopardy’s fans, but he continues to dominate his opponents on the long-running game show. As he continues to make big money on Jeopardy, Chu already has positive things in mind to do with his earnings. He hopes to donate some of his winnings to a research foundation in order to find a cure for fibromyalgia, a disease that his wife suffers from.
While most contestants tend to go from the top of the board to the bottom, Arthur Chu mixes things up, and utilizes something called “game theory economics,” which may have debunked the Jeopardy system.
He is also one of the most talked-about contestants since Ken Jennings, who was able to win 74 games in 2004. None of the other contestants have been able to keep up with him, and in his first four appearances, he even interrupted host Alex Trebek on multiple occasions. He chooses answers from around the board seemingly at random, with the hopes that he will find the daily doubles, and even if he does not know the answer, he will prevent others from getting them.
Arthur Chu is a resident of Broadview Heights, which is a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. His masterful strategy has been an unbeatable one for his opponents so far, and he even forced a tie on purpose in order to secure a spot for himself on the next episode of the show. What could possibly cause him to lose?
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