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4Wednesday, 14 July 2010 09:20
Alan Kwan
Good suggestion, Henry.

Please submit your proposal to the SF government and the sponsers (advertising agents and broadcasting companies). We eagerly await your getting a positive reply from them.
3Sunday, 11 July 2010 03:18
The initial buy-in may be set at Hk$1,000. or even at HK$500.- & the Final Winner may still get around HK$1 million.

15% of income may go the Governnment.
10% of income may go to Charity Fund.

Quite a large amount of money can be collected from Advertising Agents & Broadcasting companies
which utilize the Game-field viewing benefits!

If this scheme is operated in SanFrancisco, CA.
this Mahjong-tournament activity may save the down-turn economy of CA. (it maybe approaching the popularity of World Soccer in the future).
2Tuesday, 18 May 2010 23:17
Jason woods
I agree with your conclusions and will eagerly look forward to your next updates. Saying thanks will not just be sufficient, for the wonderful clarity in your writing. I will immediately grab your rss feed to stay privy of any updates. Pleasant work and much success in your business dealings!
WSOM 2010 is a Go , Mahjong News
1Tuesday, 18 May 2010 22:09
Mike Smith
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WSOM 2010 is a Go , Mahjong News

Fumitaka Tanaka Beats Fierce Competition in WSoM Riichi Event

wsom2010logoMACAU - A small but strong group of Riichi players gathered before the main event of the World Series of Mahjong to battle it out for a top prize of over $5000 US.

The players were almost entirely Japanese with two notable exceptions – Garthe Nelson of fame (he is American) and the Mahjong Club qualifier winner, Shaofu from Taiwan.


The rule-set used was not EMA rules but a version of tournament rules played in Japan. The most notable aspects were: No dealer renchan (continuance), kuitan ari (open tanyao permitted) and no red fives. Furthermore, a larger uma was applied to end-of-table scores.


The competition was much fiercer this year than in 2007 with many experienced Japanese players participating; several of whom had already won difficult qualifiers in Tokyo to gain their seats. Players also needed stamina with a total of eight rounds being played before the top four players went onto the final round.

After the first final round it seemed that Garthe Nelson was going to be in for an easy win, but after a very ill-fated final match, he lost dramatically to Tanaka, losing the top prize but still maintaining a respectable second place.

The top three players cashed in and were as follows:

1st Place Fumitaka Tanaka

2nd Place Garthe Nelson

3rd Place Saori Azuma


This year’s Tournament Director was Konno, and Gemma Collinge was his linguist and assistant, both contributors to Speaking after the event, both Konno and Gemma felt that after a slight delay caused by some organizational changes the event ran smoothly.  As always, running events such as this one is a steep learning curve and lessons have been learnt from this year’s event both during and in the run-up to the event, which they hope will help any future tournaments run by even better.

Finally, would like to thank the people at the World Series of Mahjong for their almost endless patience and support and without whom of course, the event would never be possible. Also, Mahjong Club for hosting the qualifying online games.


Read also Gemma's Diary about the WSoM Main Event


More about the WSoM riichi event on ReachMahjong.Com

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