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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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marryinsam February 25 2014 at 11:11 AM

He is a dumb stupid ***** and they need to get him off the show. He is a slant-eyed cheater and is ruining an otherwise fun game show. Leave it to the commie ching-chong to ruin a long-standing game with its roots firmly planted in AMERICAN history.

GO BACK TO CHINA.

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navicent February 05 2014 at 4:30 PM

more power to him, makes for a instering game.

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Bobby Brown February 05 2014 at 9:41 AM

man's genius ??--yea; only to loosers---HA---he out flanked his opponents --now; if the loosers want a prize; go see Queene Pelosi--a prize and a balloon for everyone---HA

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Alexie February 05 2014 at 6:08 AM

More power to him if he's perfected a strategy. Winning is about knowledge and strategy.

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Bobby Brown February 05 2014 at 9:45 AM

what strategy??--he can choose any where on the board like everyone else---if that messes the others up; that's their problem--HA

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Penny February 05 2014 at 12:00 AM

Jeopardy is a game. The object of this game is to win and have the most money. I've watched Jeopardy for years. I love it. If a person wants to jump all over the board, so what. There is no rule that say they have to stay with one topic and clean it out. There is no rule that says yo have to start at the top and work your way down. It's a game; and again...the object is to win.

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Bobby Brown February 05 2014 at 9:49 AM

you are correct--if the loosers have a clean compulsion and need to clean all the same topic off the board first; then maybe they need to see a shrink---HA

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Roger February 04 2014 at 11:59 PM

Looks like he is determined to "chu" up the competition. All is fair. Suck it up!

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Bobby Brown February 05 2014 at 9:51 AM

the loosers should cry to Pelosi--she has a balloon for everyone---HA

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manguscol February 04 2014 at 11:32 PM

Some of these game shows are rigged. I know firsthand of a man who is an authority on Opera he knows everything there is to know about Opera. He went one of these I'm not sure which one it was but it was something like this. He made it all the way to the finals. And then they asked him a question about this one particular piece in an opera and he gave the answer. The buzzer went off that his answer was wrong. He insisted he was right and they said again you're wrong and they gave the answer. He went home and he researched further he went back with his lawyer with the proof that his answer was right. They gave him a consolation prize and told him as far as that is concerned the issue was closed. It's amazing of how much this man knows about Opera he lives and breathes from when he was child. It shows you how corrupt some of the shows can be I am not saying which one a particular but it's happened. They didn't want him to win. Why because he was a New York City sanitation man. I think they would've been embarrassed if they allowed him to win because of his line of work. Just saying !

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highwayman0803 February 05 2014 at 11:52 PM

And you believed him? There is NO WAY that happened, either that or he has the WORST Lawyer on the planet!! IF that REALLY happened ANY Lawyer would be able to get him a LARGE settlement in court!! MANY times you see on game shows where they have brought back a player because the show made a mistake like that, they wouldn't take the chance in treating someone the way your friend CLAIMS they did, legally they would be screwed!! Sorry, I don't buy it!!

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Chris February 04 2014 at 11:21 PM

Don't hate the player; hate the game.

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carolecece01 February 04 2014 at 11:12 PM

I love it when they are intelligent and play with a good strategy. This makes for a very interesting game. Plus a lot of contestants look for the Daily Doubles.

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tomatomike February 04 2014 at 11:12 PM

Ahhh, give the guy a break. He didn't violate any rules. Why the fuss? I remember an aggressive Jeopardy player who knocked the other two off balance by rapidly making choices all over the board. He won, too. Not exacty Marquis Of Queensbury Rules for game show conflict, but the end seemed to justify the means., no? Yes.

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