Laurent Mahé prefers money prizes over a tourist event
- Published on Tuesday, 07 June 2011 22:13
- Written by Martin Rep
PARIS - Give us a money prize instead of a tourist event. Laurent Mahé, who advocates this opinion, is not just anybody in the European mahjong world. Laurent played a very important role in the development of mahjong in Paris as chairman of MMSP (Magic Mahjong Social Pung, the Paris club) from 2005 till 2010, and he was a charter member of the French mahjong federation FFMJ in the same era. Currently, he is number 3 on the Mahjong News MCR ranking list and number 26 on the EMA MCR ranking list. Finally, he won a special prize for the highest hand during the 2007 world championship in Chengdu.
Mr. Mahé is not exactly happy with the ‘new style mahjong tournaments’ which is presented in China: the 2011 China Majiang championship will take place on a luxurious cruise ship on the Yangtze river.
“I would like to have a real mahjong competition, and not a tourist event”, says Laurent when asked by Mahjong News about this championship. He does not agree with other players who consider the trip as a dream holiday.
For Laurent, mahjong comes in the first place. And he seizes the occasion to dust off an old discussion: it would be better to have money prizes.
“I do not mean million dollars prizes”, says Laurent, “I am thinking of for instance 1000 euros for the winner, plus money prizes for the top 16 players in a 100 players tournament.”
That these prizes are hard to raise without appropriate sponsors does not impress Laurent. “With an registration fee of 50 euros it is possible.
“I think this can help good players who do not have a lot of money to play more tournaments.”
Just for the record: Laurent is not planning to travel to China for the 2011 championship.
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