James Holzhauer has won the "Jeopardy! Masters" tournament, beating out Mattea Roach and Matt Amodio in the two-game finals. The three-week tournament also featured contestants Andrew He, Amy Schneider, and Sam Buttrey. Host Ken Jennings, who beat Holzhauer in the "Greatest of All Time" tournament, praised Holzhauer's performance, saying he seemed to be getting better. Jennings also talked about his relationship with Holzhauer, who he considers a good friend. They often tease each other on the show, which Jennings credits Holzhauer for bringing a fun and loose atmosphere to the game.
The tournament faced some delays due to various reasons, including Andrew He's wife going into labor during a game, Jennings testing positive for COVID (although he never developed symptoms), and Mattea Roach's father passing away while they were on set. Despite the challenges, the contestants banded together and supported each other.
Jennings says that now that he is the host, he feels a responsibility to keep a professional distance from the contestants, but he still considers Holzhauer a friend. He also credits Holzhauer for bringing a new energy to the show.
The "Jeopardy! Masters" tournament brought together some of the best contestants in the show's history, and Holzhauer proved himself to be a formidable opponent. Although the tournament faced some challenges, it ultimately showcased the camaraderie and support among the contestants.