Hank Chien managed to reclaim the King of Kong title in a mere two hours and 45 minutes. Chien, a plastic surgeon from New York, edged out the stars of the famous King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters documentary, Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell, to take the throne.
Wiebe, the previous champ, was bested by 3,500 points – Chien tallied up 1,068,000 to top Wiebe’s 1,064,000. But this isn’t his first time on top; last spring Chien’s score of 1,061,700 landed him in first place over then-champ, Mitchell.
Wiebe and Mitchell have famously duked it out over the game in the past, and now Chien will join the battle. March 19 and 20, all three world-record holders, as well as several other high scorers, will compete for top honors in New Jersey at Richie Knucklez’ Arcade Games.
In an interview with Twin Galaxies, Chien admits the upcoming competition will be challenging. “I know it will only be a matter of time before Steve Wiebe, Billy Mitchell or another competitor beats my score. I will be practicing, but it’s a fine balance between staying in shape and getting burned out,” Chien says. And he’s preparing: “If the score is pushed up much higher, I will have to revamp my playing style next time for a higher risk, higher reward.”