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'Jeopardy!' champ Chu unseated after 12-day run

Hated, Loved 'Jeopardy!' Master Arthur Chu Finally Loses


"Jeopardy!" champ Arthur Chu, who won big money while taking heat for his renegade style, has been defeated.

Chu finished in third place with zero dollars on Wednesday's edition of the syndicated quiz show. He had reigned for 12 days. His total winnings were $297,200.

"A great run," summed up host Alex Trebek.

Chu was unseated by Diana Peloquin of Ann Arbor, Mich., who led for the day with $15,700.

Chu had struggled for much of the show when, in Final Jeopardy, he risked, and lost, his entire day's bankroll - $6,400 - on the question: "He was the last male monarch who had not previously been Prince of Wales."

Only Peloquin had the correct response: George VI.

The 30-year-old Chu, a resident of Broadview Heights, Ohio, has described himself on Twitter as "mad genius, comedian, actor and freelance voiceover artist."

He applied a "mad genius" approach to "Jeopardy!" brinkmanship. He ditched the time-honored practice of polishing off each category's questions one by one. Instead, he took a hopscotch approach to his category choices, which tended to keep his opponents off-kilter.

He also concluded that the bottom rows of the game board are most likely to contain the hidden Daily Doubles, and he played accordingly.

Chu's strategy fueled indignation from "Jeopardy!" traditionalists, who contended that such an aggressive style was somehow unsportsmanlike and exhibited a lack of respect for the game.

Chu "rejected the unwritten rule that the guy or gal with the most facts wins," said "On the Media" host Brooke Gladstone on an episode of the public radio show last month, "and replaced it with the appalling idea that you can outwit your opponent with the wily application of game theory."

It was a style much different from that of legendary know-it-all Ken Jennings, who a decade ago set a "Jeopardy!" record with 74 consecutive victories while winning $2.5 million.

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bob08nv39 March 13 2014 at 12:21 PM

Not the all time winer and then taken down by both of the other two players, way to go gals

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afeaman45 March 13 2014 at 1:19 PM

I thought I could say something original
about Chu and Jeopardy,
but wnstnrace1 summed it all up nicely!
It's a game. It requires strategy.
And every once in a while
it gets shaken up by the likes of a Chu or Jennings.
Can't wait for the next bold player!

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joan fraser March 13 2014 at 1:25 PM

It was a great run...but I am glad that it is over....nice to see new faces..

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Gary March 13 2014 at 9:28 PM

I've often wondered why other contestants didn't use Chu's game strategy.....(go for the big money answers and search for the daily doubles early on in the game). I give him credit. Name of the game is to make some money.

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rarecek39 March 13 2014 at 4:24 PM

I told my husband that they would start subjecting catagoies that were"nt in his field , sure enough they were coming that way. I sure rooted his way so smart and casual ,and comfortable. There were a couple of times Trebek ruled incorrect but took the answer from and it was only the pronoucation , not fair. I'mhe got that far, way to go Arthur!!

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sindfetish March 13 2014 at 1:36 PM

He was fun to watch.

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dianaa2002 March 13 2014 at 1:40 PM

dont know what all the fuss is about. he didnt break any rules. he was there to win. good for him

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Commander dianaa2002 March 13 2014 at 1:44 PM

Amen! I agree

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nannyrocks March 13 2014 at 2:04 PM

I definitely agree He only mispronouced the name He did know who it was

I loved watching him He made the game more exciting and stimulating

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Gogreen March 13 2014 at 2:05 PM

It happens! Good for him.

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Mike C21 March 13 2014 at 2:07 PM

What is impressive is this gentleman's knowledge. It was vast and blew me away. To be so quick to play a stratergy on top of that was an even bigger feat. He was a nice guy too. Hope others lear to play as well. It gave the show an extra edge and probably got more viewers that normal because of the press.
For those watchers who were offended, they ought to go back to school and learn as much as Mr Chu. Stop being petty and controlling. Maybe Wheel of Fortune is more your speed or Conan (ewwwwww).

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