Tuesday 07 July 2015

Playing Mahjong to Honor the Dead

Mourners play mahjong near a coffin during a funeral wake.MANILA Philippines 01 July 2015 - In the Philippines, gambling isn’t just a past time, but a way to honor the dead. Betting games, mah jong, and card tables are often set up at Filipino wakes, or paglalamay, where the tradition is to keep a 24-hour vigil over the deceased until the burial.

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Martin Wedel Jacobsen European mahjong champion - OEMC 2007

 

Disqualification

A very sad moment at the Second Open European Mahjong Championship today was when head referee Mr. Uwe Martens had to announce that a player had been disqualified for cheating. Mr. Tatsuro Tanioka had been caught in the act Saturday by the referee staff. Just before the start of the tournament, a special committee of the tournament organization confirmed the decision to disqualify him, after the Japanese had written an appeal.

For the referee team, the OEMC 2007 is a difficult event. On this tournament, almost all the talks are about the referees and the strict way that they make decisions. It is the judges and not the players now who are the new mahjong gods of the tournament.

Mr. Uwe Martens: 'Luckily most players now accept that they have to take care what they are doing.' But for some players, some decisions are hard to accept. E.g. that a winning hand is declared faulty when the winning tile is not put next to the other combinations.

Individual results

Facts about the disqualification

 


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