Controversial Jeopardy! contestant to return

Linsey Davis reports for ABC News
February 4, 2014 10:52:07 AM PST
A contestant on Jeopardy! called a villain and blamed for "ruining" the game by using "game theory" tactics is returning to the show.

Arthur Chu, 30, who works in insurance compliance by day and is an aspiring actor by night, won $82,800 on three Jeopardy! appearances last week and was the source of game-show viewership stress, at least according to some Jeopardy! fans on Twitter.

Chu, who lives in Broadview Heights, a suburb of Cleveland, will return to the show on Feb. 24 after the "Battle of the Decades" tournament between former champions to celebrate the game show's 30th anniversary. The tournament includes the return of Richard Cordray, the first director of the government's Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

"I can understand it's less pleasant to watch," Chu told of his tactics that utilize "game theory" economics, "but the producers weren't paying me to make the show pleasant to watch. If you were playing for fun, you could talk about poor sportsmanship, but within the rules, it's about winning. If you don't like it, change the rules."

Called "generous" and a "hero" by other fans, Chu chose high-stakes answers first, unlike most contestants, and forced an unusual tiebreak when he didn't have to, allowing one of his fellow contestants to also go home with $26,800, instead of leaving the show for good with $2,000. You can watch Jeopardy! weeknights at 7 on Channel 7.

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