Danger! Champion Ben Chan claims third win as fans discover ‘unconventional’ details about his winning streak

DANGER! Contestant Ben Chan picked up his third straight win on Friday’s episode for an impressive total of $69,001.

Viewers have noted that he “holds the buzzer like he’s a baby” and yet “it seems to be working.”

College professor Ben Chan gets to enjoy the weekend as a big Jeopardy! champion


College professor Ben Chan gets to enjoy the weekend as a big Jeopardy! championPhoto credit: ABC
He won his third straight breakaway - meaning he couldn't be caught by Final Jeopardy


He won his third straight breakaway – meaning he couldn’t be caught by Final JeopardyPhoto credit: ABC
Fans joke he's


Fans joke he’s “clutching the buzzer like he’s a lifesaver on the Titanic”Photo credit: ABC

The returning champion faced Greg Czaja, a US Navy cardiologist from San Diego, California (in uniform no less), and Kari Elsila, a grant strategies consultant from Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

Ben is a philosophy professor at St. Norbert College from Green Bay, Wisconsin who constantly trains his opponents.

For the first time since 6-Day Champion Troy Meyer in February, Ben reached his third breakaway — or secured victory via Final Jeopardy — in three games.

While Greg made a solid comeback after falling to $0 on the second daily double, Ben simply showed his face.

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He snagged one clue after another and had a significant head start when he found the final Daily Double.

Sticking his tongue out a bit and looking like he didn’t know his move, he bet $5,000, got it right and essentially ended the game.

In Final Jeopardy, Ben had $20,800, Greg $8,000 and Kari $7,200.

Final Jeopardy under “Lesser-known Works by Writers” read: “Known for more philosophical works, he wrote the play ‘La Mandragola’ in which Florentines are rewarded for immoral acts.”

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Ben and Greg both got the “Machiavelli” right – Ben added a safe $2,200 to win $23,000.

Danger! Fans swarmed over Ben’s chops and couldn’t ignore his distinguished buzzer demeanor either.

“Cling the buzzer like a baby”

Sometimes Ben would hold the beacon as close to his chest as possible and Twitter users would joke about it.

“Ben holds his clicker like a baby and he’s absolutely adorable,” tweeted one fan.

“Interesting stop there Ben,” wrote another.

“Seeing Ben clutch that buzzer like it’s a lifesaver and it go down on the Titanic seems to be working!” wrote a third.

“Ben definitely carries his controller close to his heart,” wrote a fourth.

Others applauded: “Ben is a great new player. Hopefully he makes it into the Tournament of Champions!’ which he is now a win away from.

“Ben is killing it,” wrote another, “Ben! may be around for a while,” wrote a sixth.

Another person predicted, “I think Ben can be a Superchamp.”

A “super champion” means winning 10 games, which hasn’t happened since gentleman Ray LaLonde’s 13-day streak even further back in January.

As for holding the buzzer, Ben clapped back and tweeted a picture of him clutching his beacon.

“As the old saying goes, ‘Show kindness to the buzzer and the buzzer will respond in kind.'”


Ben – whose gentle manner was a winning contrast to his signature on the podium (BEN!) – clearly came into play.

His first win was $17,000 – which would have been higher if he hadn’t made a bold double bet of $7,000 a day – his second win was around $30,000.

Even Ken Jennings, 48, had to point out that Ben’s result on his debut was “all the more impressive considering you made a big daily double in the first round”.

He told host Ken during his Q&A that he’s “happy to say I have the Wisconsinite and former Jeopardy! Guest Host Aaron Rodgers “at pub trivia”

In his second Q&A, he sweetly shared that he taught his foster dog how to hug.

He’s also found seven daily doubles in his three games and has an average of 93 percent on correct answers.


Ben followed his first win with a full classroom cheering him on in a winning video at his Wisconsin college.

Ben did an interview [seen here] while he’s playing his Jeopardy! Crank up your cap and projector for the total watch party.

Ben shared: “From October [when he got The Call] I started studying flashcard decks an hour a day.

It was really fun because I know all the countries in Africa, but not necessarily where they are.”

“I’d say 75 percent of learning made me a better person, and 25 percent made me a better Jeopardy! player,” he said with a knowing smile.

“The day I recorded in January was a 10-hour day, all in all.

The gameplay was amazing and one of the funnest things I’ve ever done, but the downside was being at the airport.”

“I truly respect the entire Jeopardy institution! I wanted to honor the institution and make my family proud.”

“The campus is buzzing around him”

Ben received his BA from Swarthmore College and his Ph.D. from UCLA, according to his college’s Flickr profile.

He then completed a post-doctoral degree in the bioethics department of the National Institutes of Health.

He has good grades on the important website Rate My Professor with a 4.1/5 at St Norbert College, where he now teaches philosophy.

One review read: “This is my second class with Ben Chan and hopefully not my last. The guy says so many funny things out of pocket and has so much life experience that it’s just fun to listen to him talk.” Chan is the absolute best.”

Another wrote: “Chan is hilarious and will do anything to ensure his students thrive. I would recommend everyone to take it.”

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Someone recently wrote on Reddit, “Dude teaches at my college, the campus is buzzing around him right now.”

Ben’s Twitter bio reads: “Jopardy April 12, 2023 – ???”

Ben Chan doesn't mind cracking jokes about how he's clutching his buzzer


Ben Chan doesn’t mind cracking jokes about how he’s clutching his buzzerPhoto credit: ABC
For his first win, he threw a sold-out watch party with his philosophy students in Wisconsin on Wednesday


For his first win, he threw a sold-out watch party with his philosophy students in Wisconsin on WednesdayPhoto Credit: YouTube / St Norbert College
His run will be hosted by Ken Jennings – Mayim Bialik is changing as host on May 1st


His run will be hosted by Ken Jennings – Mayim Bialik is changing as host on May 1stPhoto credit: ABC


CELINE CASTRONUOVO is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. CELINE CASTRONUOVO joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: celine@dailynationtoday.com.

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