The new champ, Diana Peloquin, a graduate student and former synchronized swimmer from Ann Arbor, Mich., gave Chu a taste of his own medicine, using many of the unconventional strategies that the game theory-loving Chu used throughout his winning run -- strategies that inspired Chu's fans and prompted some "Jeopardy!" traditionalists to dub him the "Jeopardy!" villain.
Both Peloquin and Julie Hornick, a middle school librarian from South Carolina, jumped around the game board out of the conventional playing order and played higher-value squares first. In the style of Chu, Peloquin even scooped up the first two "Daily Doubles," bet big and won to build up her lead.
A DD behind $400? They're getting wise to my tricks— Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) March 12, 2014
Also Diana is beginning to remind me of Katniss Everdeen and that raises my villain hackles— Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) March 12, 2014
Diana is dangerously cute. Cute girls always worry me.— Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) March 12, 2014
Chu, 30, an insurance compliance worker and voice-over actor from Broadview Heights, Ohio, did manage to secure the final "Double Jeopardy" question, but this time a big bet cost him. He bet all $7,600 he had and ended up at $0, leaving him more than $11,000 behind the leader, Peloquin.
Going into "Final Jeopardy!" Chu, who has been live tweeting his winning streak and retweeting his haters as the show's pre-taped episodes air, found himself in the position those haters have been wishing for -- last place. Peloquin had $12,100, Hornick had $7,800 and Chu only had $6,400.
Chu bet it all and flubbed the "Final Jeopardy!" clue: "He was the last male monarch who had not previously been Prince of Wales."
Chu guessed George II, and was left with $0.
I overthought it it had NOTHING TO DO W THE ACCESSION OF HANOVER IT WAS A Q ABOUT A COLIN FIRTH MOVIE— Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) March 12, 2014
Hornick guessed George V, also wrong. But Peloquin got the right answer, George VI, and ended up with $15,700 to become the new champ.
#Chuphoria has faded leaving only dry mouth, nausea and a deep sense of shame— Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) March 12, 2014
@arthur_affect Now the real question is .. how many people will unfollow you in the next 24 hours?— Mitch (@MitchO) March 12, 2014
All the @arthur_affect haters can now go back to hating their own lives again.— David Poole (@dpoole7781) March 12, 2014