Arthur Chu, the controversial Jeopardy player who racked up 11 straight wins and nearly $300,000 with his unorthodox style, was finally defeated last night and walked away in third place with none of his own earnings.
According to The Associated Press on Wednesday, via MSN News, 30-year-old Chu “won big money while taking heat for his renegade style.”
Alex Trebek called Chu’s streak “a great run,” the host said.
Chu was unseated by Diana Peloquin of Ann Arbor, Mich., and lost his entire day's bankroll, which was only $6,400 and much lower than his average take home sums of $20K, on the Final Jeopardy question: “He was the last male monarch who had not previously been Prince of Wales.” (George VI was the correct response)
Chu has been both revered and reviled during his quiz show streak, and finishes third in all-time Jeopardy wins, trailing the legendary Ken Jennings and his 74-win, 2004 earnings that amassed $2.5 million, and second place finisher Dave Madden, who tallied 19 straight wins.
A candid Twitter user, Chu self-described himself as a “mad genius, comedian, actor, and freelance voiceover artist,” and defended his playing style.
Chu spoke to ABC News about the plans for the money.
“The main thing is I don’t want to do anything crazy or stupid,” Chu said. “I’ve been very strategic so far so I want to be strategic in the future. I did talk to my wife. We do want to go to China. She’s never been. I want to see relatives that I haven’t seen for a very long time [and] maybe start thinking about buying a house in the future.”
Chu’s streak came to be known as the #ChuChuTrain, and his strategy involved skipping around the board and focusing on higher money questions when picking his squares, thus keeping his opponents' winnings to smaller amounts and also finding most of the Daily Doubles, which are typically in the higher dollar questions.
“I went online and there’s a huge community of Jeopardy fans and past Jeopardy champions who just talk about this stuff, just sit around and discuss the games as they come on every night,” Chu said. “You get to immerse yourself in that culture and you find out about strategies like that and you just put together the pieces.”