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'Mad genius' is really upsetting 'Jeopardy!' fans

How Is Jeopardy's 'Mad Genius' Upsetting Viewers?


Arthur Chu is on his way to becoming one of the biggest 'Jeopardy!' villains.

Some of his unconventional antics, like searching out Daily Doubles and leaving the board a wreck, have gotten under the skin of 'Jeopardy!' fanatics.

Trebeck: Daily Double
Chu: Five bucks ...
Trebeck: Five bucks? Don't feel confident in sports? Alright, here is the clue: Eddie Giacomin, Herb Brooks, Conn Smythe
Chu: I don't know

That $5 bet (and even sticking with the category) might seem a bit strange when he clearly didn't know the answer, but think about it: not only did he not lose anything significant during that round, he also made sure the other competitors couldn't double their scores.

It's a strategy that works ... but it's not exactly in the spirit of the game, and it makes for pretty boring viewing.

Another unconventional move is playing to tie -- a strategy championed by former winner Keith Williams.

When Williams found out Chu got the idea from him, he made a video explaining the move.

'Tacking on that extra dollar won't help you, but if you're wrong, you could lose a game by a dollar, and there have been several instances where that has been the case.'

Chu reportedly read up on past 'Jeopardy!' contestants and searched through online strategies to prepare for his appearance on the show.

Chu told Mental_floss that he doesn't regret his aggressive strategy, telling the website: 'At the very least it's been hilarious.'

What's your take? Is Chu ruining 'Jeopardy!,' or has he just honed in on a smarter style of play?

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ezg0n February 04 2014 at 5:21 AM

you play to win the game

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mcseeker February 04 2014 at 5:25 AM

indeed. play to win, or don't show up at all!

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rositac7460 February 04 2014 at 5:37 AM

Good for him. Smart guy. You go to Jeopardy to WIN not to be liked.

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nnjguy4now February 04 2014 at 5:42 AM

If he was the CEO of a company,,,he would be a hero

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nnjguy4now February 04 2014 at 5:50 AM

Oh and by the way
You need to be able to speak English to become a citizen of the United States
So although we have no official language,,,,I guess we really do

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jim February 04 2014 at 5:52 AM

you always play to win. I think that is the point. So go Chu

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dal February 04 2014 at 5:54 AM

So how is his stratagy making people mad? they want him to lose? I think it is brilliant if you can't use it but you opponent can use the scorched earth approach and leave them without the resources needed to defeat you.

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Patricia February 04 2014 at 5:54 AM

I've been watching this show from its inception; he just "shook it up" a bit. I loved it.

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lkfman February 04 2014 at 5:56 AM

It's really pretty simple, if you don't like the guy, don't watch.

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martawaller lkfman February 04 2014 at 6:10 AM

You are so right, don't watch it if you don't like the guy.

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mymichimichi February 04 2014 at 6:43 AM

Seriously?! It's a game, not world politics. You want a discussion on it? And then you have bntlybent trying to play a race card over a tv game show to get his five seconds of fame. Get over it.

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tabsabit99 mymichimichi February 04 2014 at 7:00 AM

Winning is everything, so what if it is not pretty.

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