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153Monday, 21 April 2014 14:33
Edwin Phua
I doubt we have to worry about this particular detail, because unless there are companies that sell such tables can ship worldwide and service such equipment, we will be unable to comply with this rule.

China itself has hundreds of brands, so only allowing some companies which meets its requirements provide tables for tournaments as an assurance seems reasonable.
152Monday, 21 April 2014 10:15
Senechal D.
If the WMCC plans on regulating the use of autodealers, could they publish a list? Also, what *authority* lets them decide table A is good, table B is bad? Have they had problems with Amos or Alban, and what exactly do they propose as a better alternative? --- Other than that, I suppose people who enjoy playing government rules now have the option to have fun playing simple government rules too. cough
151Monday, 21 April 2014 07:46
Edwin Phua
We have been following the changes to the main rules as well. This update (as well as the 2011 Chinese update) are mainly cosmetic in nature, as none of the rules have been significantly altered. A lot of problematic areas still exist in the fouls and penalties section without change, which have to be corrected via addenda released during each major competition, such as at WMC 2012, and at the recent China Mahjong Championship 2014.
150Monday, 21 April 2014 07:42
Edwin Phua
Probably, the major difference now is not actually the omission of several scoring elements, but the reduction of the winning requirement from 8 points to 6 points. This is probably concommittant with the omission of several important two-point scoring elements such as All Chows, All Simples, Seat Wind, and Round Wind.

Beginners may learn to play effectively within this system, but the full rules will be like a totally different system. Would habits learnt here be difficult to unlearn?
149Monday, 21 April 2014 07:39
Edwin Phua
We in Singapore have been analysing the new beginners' rules (the 'primary' rules) using the Chinese version which was released about two weeks earlier.

We are troubled by this new development, as we feel that the new beginners' rules may hinder learning of MCR rather than aid it. We feel that there are negative consequences in transitioning from this beginners' ruleset to the full ruleset for beginners.

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‘Biggest prize event in mahjong history’ suspended

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(Update: Comment of Mr. Jim Mehren, president of the World Mahjong Ltd/World Series of Mahjong)

MACAU – No World Series of Mahjong 2009. The ‘million dollar event’, which draw hundreds of mahjong players to the Chinese ‘gamblers heaven’ of Macau, has suspended its activities for this year. According to Jim Mehren, president of the World Mahjong Ltd/World Series of Mahjong, the event is rescheduled for August 20-22, 2010.

In 2007 and 2008, tremendous prizes were handed over to lucky mahjong players in the Wynn Macau five star hotel/casino, where the tournament took place. Last year's winner, Kwok Hung Alex Ho from Hong Kong, received a 500,000 USD check from the organizers. The winner of the first event, Hui Chung Lai, also from Hong Kong, got a similar amount.

Jim Mehren admits that the world wide credit crises has caused the organizers to postpone the event. The organizers will seize the opportunity to modify the setup of the tournament. Shortly, the move of the event from Wynn Macau to larger facilities at the Venetian Macau will be announced, says Mr. Mehren. This move will make the Venetian Macau the future home of the WSoM for at least the next three years.  According to Mr. Mehren, this agreement took much longer to to finalize than was expected.

Jim Mehren: "In addition, we will be staging an expanded series of official qualifying events later this year, and next year prior to the Main Event in August, 2010.  Details and schedules will be announced in the very near future."

Media veterans

Kwok Hung Alex HoThe World Series of Mahjong was launched in 2006 by WML, a group of international media veterans and entertainment industry professionals, based in the Greater China region.  They like to call their event the ‘World Mahjong Championship’, claiming it has the biggest prize money in the history of mahjong. A report of the first tournament was broadcast by CNN (see below).

Subscription to the WSoM cost 5,000 US dollar, but seats could also be won in satellite tournaments. Such as the 'WSoM Reach event' in Japan, organized by American mahjong player Jenn Barr, who runs the Japan based website Reach Mahjong – the only way to play. Jenn was busy working on her qualifier for this year, when she suddenly had to call of the preparations. “We are now working on damage control”, Jenn tells MahjongNews.Com. “I do not know what has happened. It is postponed until 2010. It looks like it will still happen then.”
One of the sponsors and co-organizers of the WSoM was MahjongTime, a webserver where mahjong can be played on line. Last year, they gave an airline ticket plus free subscription to the winner of the Sisi Cup 2008, the combined championships of Hungary and Austria. Mr. Otto Myslivec from Austria was the lucky winner and he had a great time in Macau. Otto, quite active in the Austrian mahjong scene – he was one of the main organizers of the European championship 2009 in Austria - tried in vain to get in contact again wih WSoM, to have them sponsored the OEMC 2009.

“Begin 2009, we had contact with the organizers and they said the new event was scheduled for September, 2009. Last March we asked them to sponsor the OEMC 2009, but they never answered our e-mail. Their web site is out of date.  Probably they have run into financial problems”, Otto Myslivec says.

Read also:

Information about WSoM on Mahjong Wiki

CNN video about the WSoM on YouTube




Comments (2)Comments are closed
1Tuesday, 18 August 2009 12:01
Adrie van Geffen
For several months now the WSoM is no longer available as a playable variant on MahjongTime. Does Slava know more than his contribution in this article?
Sunday, 30 August 2009 10:35
Alan Kwan
The business partnership between MJT and WSoM has ended. It's a business decision, just that.
2Saturday, 05 September 2009 16:15
Alan Kwan
The business partnership between MJT and WSoM has ended. It's a business decision, just that.
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