EMA cooperates with million dollar mahjong event in Macau
- Created on Sunday, 17 August 2008 01:29
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 18:00
- Written by Martin Rep
The Third Hungarian Open Championship and the Third Austrian Championship are both events with a MERS qualification. That means that they are organized with approval, and even a special qualification, of the European Mahjong Association. This organisation strongly opposes playing mahjong for money. EMA president Mr. Uwe Martens points out that the decision was taken by the Hungarian and Austrian mahjong associations.
EMA promotes the Mahjong Competition Rules, also known as the new Chinese official rules, the 'healthy mahjong', which has three basic principles:
- no smoking
- no drinking
- no gambling.
Mr. Uwe Martens, president of the European Mahjong Association, sees no real problem. "EMA doesn't cooperate with money games. That's why we don't have any partnership with WSoM. The decision to accept the offer from WSoM to get a free seat and accomodation for Macau is only up to Austria and Hungary - it is not the decision of EMA. They decide what their trophies will be.
"I think this can be accepted, because it is a single event, there is no additional registration fee for the players, and it is covered by the decision of the last EMA General Assembly: that countries can decide on their own if they want to have 'trophies' that are worth more than ust some pennies."
Before the Hungarian championship, which was held at Dunaújváros, one week before the Austrian Open, organizer Mr. András Boda was worried a bit about the atmosphere which, he feared, might be affected by the large prize. But afterward, he seemed very happy. Re-assured, he told Mahjong News: 'It went like an evening in a well-balanced family... The referee was called - quietly - maybe twice to minor cases... There was no shouting, there were no red faces, no agression and no back talks."