Time to welcome James Holzhauer to the Alex Trebek stage. The game shows champion, who earned nearly $2.5 million from regular season

games thanks in part to his penchant for high-stakes betting, returned to Jeopardy! Masters," which began Monday (EDT/PDT 8).

After taking first place, Schneider finished second and Amodio third in Game 1, with Holzhauer playing Buttrey and Roach.

Introduced by the show's announcer as "a self-proclaimed villain of a game show in Las Vegas, Nevada"; Holzhauer also got into a verbal battle with the host,

his closest competitor  (and winner) of the 2020 Great of All-Time tournament. On Monday, Jennings referenced a competition Holzhauer would like to forget.

"I don't think that's going to happen," she said of her fall. "I think you can imagine that"

James Holzhauer expertly trolls

Holzhauer found all three double-dailies in the game and doubled his score each time. Enter Last Peril! with a lead (40,800 points) that prevented opponents from recovering.

So he had no problem using his Ultimate Threat! Answer to Jennings troll. Insider Tip: “Opened in 1909 and less well known than its older neighbor, it connects Brooklyn and Chinatown."

Instead of answering the Manhattan Bridge correctly, Holzhauer chose to write, "Stop dodging revenge, Ken.

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