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‘Jeopardy’ Contestant Changes How The Game Is Played, Irks Viewers

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There is a contestant on Jeopardy who is creating a whole lot of buzz. Contestant Arthur Chu is changing up how the game is played, and his unconventional methods are ruffling the feathers of both host Alex Trebek and viewers of the show.

Rather than completing a column of questions from top to bottom like many contestants do, Chu hops around the board looking for the Daily Double, hits all the high-point questions and wagers odd amounts.

Many fans are calling Chu a “villain” and “smug” while others are hailing him as a “hero” and “swag lord” according to USA Today.

Chu explains to MentalFloss.com that he got the idea for his method from a former contestant Chuck Forrest, who used it in 1985. “The more unpredictable you are, the more you put your opponents off-balance, the longer you can keep an initial advantage,” Chu told Mental Floss, adding,”It greatly increases your chance of winning the game if you can pull it off, and I saw no reason not to do it.”

Chu, 30, is an insurance compliance analyst and aspiring actor, and has won $102,800 so far on the show. He will return to the show on Feb. 24th after the “Battle of the Decades” tournament featuring former champs going head to head airs.

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