Wednesday 20 August 2014

Bielby Wins UK Riichi Mahjong Open 2014

UK Open Podium

FARNHAM, United Kingdom, August 17 - The 5th UK Riichi Mahjong Open results are in. Philip Bielby, after finishing at the top of yesterday's competition, was able to fend of his competitors to stay on top to take home 1st Place. Daina Chiba and Shaun Drury took 2nd and 3rd.

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AMARILLO, Texas - As from today, Scott D. Miller is the Editor-in-Chief of Mahjong News. He is the successor of  Martin Rep, the founder of the only and only Independent Internet Mahjong Newspaper. 

Dr. Scott D. Miller is the author of the mahjong instruction book ‘Mahjong From A to Zhú’ (Psionic Press 2013) and an instructor of the game at Amarillo College. He played in the European Riichi Mahjong Championship 2013 in Austria and was a referee in the World Riichi Mahjong Championship.

 

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money prizes mean trouble

personally I don't think money prizes would be a good incentive for many players, because substantial prizes would mean higher entry fees and we already hear people complaining about tournaments being too costly and Mah-Jongg getting a "sport for the rich" today... but even more important: As far as I can judge the situation, money prizes would devide the EMA countries! I don't know much about the probably quite different gambling legislations even across the EU, but for Germany I'd say, we just couldn't do that: As soon as there would be a notable money prize, we would need a ministerial permit over here (and 'notable' starts very low - definitely far below 100 €). Most probably we'd never get that permit - or at least there would be fees/taxes and heavy constraints, including: no minors allowed, no advertising in the internet or via telecommunications allowed (and with no invites via www or e-mail, who would come?). As long as Mah-Jongg tournaments according to MERS regulations are not officially approved as NOT to be a game of chance (and it is an open question, if the officials would be willing to differentiate between the very differing rule variants and 'applications' of the rules in terms of tournament regulations), the only way to avoid legal problems in Germany is NOT to have money prizes or even valuable prize items.
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