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Arthur Chu’s Jeopardy Statistics

Published on March 12, 2014 by   ·   6 Comments

“When you’ve done what Arthur has done,” Alex Trebek said in the beginning of the game on February 28, “won 8 games in a row and the amount of money he’s won, you are no longer known as just a Jeopardy! champion, you become a statistic. He is now No. 3 in cash winnings among our champions in regular games. He trails only two players, one who won 19 games, and then of course Ken Jennings, who won 74.” (Dave Madden can’t get a name mention?)

Arthur went on to win that game for a ninth win, which also put him in the elite company of only two other players who have managed that feat: Jason Keller ($213,900) and Dan Pawson ($170,902). Arthur had a ways to go to catch up to Dave Madden in number of games, but heĀ  returned on 3/10/14 and won his 10th game, putting him on a tier of his own. Arthur’s run ended on 3/12/14. His total winnings are $297,200. Dave Madden’s record is $430,400.

Here is a table with quick statistics on Arthur’s 11 wins and his final game:

No Date Winnings FJ Bet Bet to Tie Daily Double 1 Daily Double 2 Daily Double 3
1 1/28/14 $37,200 +17,200 Yes N/A +7,600 (TDD) N/A
2 1/29/14 $26,800 +8,600 Yes -5 -4,195 (TDD) +5,000
3 1/30/14 $18,800 (R) -2,000 -1,000 +3,000 +3,000
4 1/31/14 $20,000 -8,000 Yes N/A +2,000 N/A
5 2/24/14 $20,800 (R) -10,000 N/A +5,000 +5,000
6 2/25/14 $34,500 (R) +5,000 +6,000 (TDD) +5,000 -5,000
7 2/26/14 $22,000 (R) -600 N/A +8,200 (TDD) -7,000
8 2/27/14 $58,200 (R) +14,000 +5,400 (TDD) +5,000 +10,000
9 2/28/14 $22,800 +400 Yes +1,800 (TDD) N/A +8,000
10 3/10/14 $16,200 (R) -2,000 -3,200 (TDD) -4,000 +3,000
11 3/11/14 $20,000 (R) +3,000 +2,000 (TDD) +4,000 +3,000
12 3/12/14 $0 -6,400 N/A N/A -7,600

That (R) after the winnings means he already had a runaway going into Final Jeopardy! Three of the games where he wagered to tie with second place didn’t work out: in the first game, 2nd place got FJ wrong; on Jan 31st, both Arthur and 2nd place both got FJ! wrong, but he retained more money. In Game 9, 2nd place failed to wager everything. In his last game, Arthur finished last and got the third place prize of $1,000.

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  1. David says:

    I just recently started dvr’ing jeopardy and watch most all shows. Arthur Chu’s strategy seemed to be selecting the largest $$ questions as soon as possible, yet his competitors seemed to continue standard protocol starting with the smallest wagers.
    Just wondering if anyone has a comment on Arthur’s strategy?

    • vj says:

      Hi David, there are comments on Chu on the various game recaps. I don’t have a problem with the board-hopping strategy myself, though it’s not like Arthur invented it. The strategy itself bears the name of Chuck Forrest.

      I think it’s only smart to try to find and capitalize on the Daily Doubles. Guess not all of the players give it as much thought or have as much chutzpah as players like Arthur.

      I particularly agree with one thing Arthur has said — it’s real money they are playing for. If you want it, you gotta go after it.

  2. Shane says:

    Arthur did wager for the tie in his first game. Thought I’d point it out before it’s too late!

  3. Tom Clark says:

    One day he’s going to wager big on the DD’s and the FJ and (gasp!) not know the answers. He’ll bite off more than he can Chu, and be gone. May it be sooner rather than later.

    Well … gone until the ToC’s, which will be gruesome to watch — we’ll be seeing this guy, like that egotistical maniac Chuck Forrest, for DECADES!.

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