Arthur Chu has been getting some pushback for his unconventional strategy on the popular TV game show ‘Jeopardy’.
The 30-year-old ‘Jeopardy’ champ from Broadview Heights, Ohio, uses a game strategy he calls “The Forrest Bounce”, referring to 8os champion Chuck Forrest’s style of play. Chu’s strategy involves ignoring the easy questions and jumping across the board to the questions of higher value in search of the much-desired Daily Doubles.
Hate it or love it, his strategy has certainly paid off. So far, Chu has walked away with $102,800 and may even add to his winnings when the next show airs on Feb. 24.
Some ‘Jeopardy’ fans dislike Chu and believe his style of play undermines the integrity of the game. Some especially dislike it when he interrupts Alex Trebek, the shows host, before he can finish reading the clue. For Daily Double questions Chu doesn’t feel he’s likely to get correct, he simply wagers low and sometimes admits to not knowing the answer even before Trebek can finish the question.
Chu is not entirely surprised by some of the negative attention he’s received but says he’s not intimidated. “Between $10,000 and getting haters on Twitter, the $10,000 is more important to me,” he said.
The ‘Jeopardy’ champ says he doesn’t know why contestants are so locked into answering the lower value questions first. According to Chu, he studied hard in the months leading up to the competition and says he simply tries to take maximum advantage of the opportunity he’s given while playing the game.
Not everyone is annoyed by Chu though. There are some that admired him for not playing the game the way that the show’s producers and the “haters” want him to. The way Chu sees it, he’s not cheating or using unethical tactics. If the show’s producers don’t like his style of play then they should change the rules.
Dont hate the player, hate the game.
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