Michael George Dupee

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Mike Dupee
Born Michael George Dupee
(1966-10-23) October 23, 1966 (age 48)
Lawrence, Massachusetts, U.S.
Residence Gainesville, Florida, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater Emory University
University of Florida College of Law
Occupation Environmental Lawyer
Computer Programmer
Employer U.S. Courts
Known for 10-time Jeopardy! champion
Author of definitive book on competing on Jeopardy!
Religion United Methodist Church
Spouse(s) Zana Holley Dupee
Children 3

Michael George "Mike" Dupee (born October 23, 1966) is an American game show contestant and author who played on the U.S. syndicated game show Jeopardy! At the time that he won the 1996 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions, he was the 4th biggest winner in Jeopardy! history. Between 1996 and 2005, Dupee was one of only 2 players who competed on Jeopardy! without ever losing a game.

In 2005, the undefeated Dupee was invited to participate in the Jeopardy! Ultimate Tournament of Champions, where he was defeated for the first time by Robert Slaven in his 2nd game of the tournament. He was defeated a second time in the 2014 where he lost by $2300 to Brad Rutter. His total earnings on Jeopardy! are $203,901, consisting of $66,401 from his original 5-day run, $100,000 prize in the 1996 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions, $32,500 from the Jeopardy! Ultimate Tournament of Champions, and $5,000 from the Battle of the Decades.

Following his success on Jeopardy!, Dupee wrote about his experience and provided practice questions in his book How to Get on Jeopardy! and Win!,[1] which was praised by 75-time Jeopardy! winner Ken Jennings as the best preparation for competing on Jeopardy![2] In 2000, Dupee wrote How to Be a TV Quiz Show Millionaire detailing how contestant wanna-bes could try out for various U.S. TV game shows, including Jeopardy! and Who Wants to be a Millionaire.[3]

Early life[edit]

Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Dupee grew up in Hokkaido, Japan (1969-1971), where his father worked on military projects.[citation needed]

Dupee attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he majored in Physics. He chose Physics as his major because his father told him to pick the hardest major that he found fun.[4] Then, he attended the University of Florida College of Law in Gainesville, Florida, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Florida Law Review. The Florida Law Review is the most prestigious legal journal at the University.[4] They take in articles from legal scholars and edit them and publish them in a book. During college and law school, Dupee represented both schools in College Bowl Academic Tournaments around the country.[1]


In May 1995, Michael Dupee was one of only 28 people to pass the Jeopardy try-out exam out of the 300 who took it at a contestant-search in Cleveland, Ohio.[1]

Using game theory analysis, Michael Dupee discovered a new Final Jeopardy! betting strategy called the "Two-Thirds" scenario. According to Dupee, if the 2nd place score is more than 2/3 of the leader's score, then the 2nd place player should only bet enough that if he misses, he will still have more than the leader would have if he also misses the question. This scenario assumes the leader will make the usual bet of betting enough to have $1.00 more than the 2nd place player if the 2nd place player doubles his money. Dupee used this betting strategy to win his semi-final game in the 1996 Tournament of Champions against Shane Whitlock, who was leading going into Final Jeopardy![1]

Professional life[edit]

During 1994-96, Dupee had a two-year judicial clerkship with the Honorable Robert Krupansky in Cleveland, Ohio.[1]

During the summer of 1996, Dupee worked as the Assistant Head Counselor at Camp Canadensis, in Canadensis, Pennsylvania.[1]

From the fall of 1996 until the present, Dupee has worked as an attorney in Gainesville, Florida. He has also been a contributing writer to the American Law Reports Fifth.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Dupee’s grandmother, "Memere", who lived until 101, played Scrabble right up until age 100. She used to solve Wheel of Fortune puzzles with no letters showing.[4]

Dupee met his wife, Zana, at the University of Florida, which they both attended. His daughter is now a junior at the University of Florida, studying Microbiology. She missed only 1 question when she took the SAT.[4]

Dupee likes sports. He has coached over 30 seasons of children’s soccer, football, and baseball.[4]

Dupee is also a big supporter of the Boy Scouts of America. His older son is 16 and is getting ready to become an Eagle Scout. His younger son is 11 and just crossed over into Boy Scouts.[4]

In 2013, Dupee was serving as Cubmaster of a Cub Scout Pack and was named Alachua County Cubmaster of the Year.[4]

Dupee likes to watch Gator sports, and he has a poster of the 2006 NCAA National Championship Gator football team in his office that is signed by the whole team, except Tim Tebow because freshmen were not supposed to sign autographs. Percy Harvin did sign the poster, even though he was a freshman at the time.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Dupee, Michael (1998). How to Get on Jeopardy and Win!. Citadel Press. ISBN 0806519916. 
  2. ^ Interview of Ken Jennings in Business Insider
  3. ^ Dupee, Michael (2000). How to Be a TV Quiz Show Millionaire. Consumer Guide. ISBN 0785340467. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Dupee, Mike. "Gameshow Bio". YouTube. Retrieved June 9, 2015. 

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Preceded by
Ryan Holznagel
Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions winner
Succeeded by
Dan Melia