Chan Tak-Kwan crowned as ‘World Champion’ in Macau
- Created on Sunday, 22 August 2010 11:54
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 18:00
- Written by Press Release
MACAU - An exciting final round of the third annual World Series of Mahjong was held today at The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel. 16 mahjong players battled against each other and after 9 hours of 3 elimination rounds, the World Champion was crowned. Chan Tak-Kwan, a 34-year-old furniture salesperson from Hong Kong, outlasted the other 200 participants from more than 10 countries to win the title of “World Champion”.
Pao Jin-Long, another player from Hong Kong, settled for the second place while Yang Xun-Zhi from Taiwan and Li Jin-Dai from mainland China won the third and fourth places in the tournament respectively. It is the first time for the World Series of Mahjong to have players from Greater China playing together at the final table.
Chan Tak-Kwan becomes the third World Champion from Hong Kong. He has played mahjong for over ten years. He was encouraged by his friends to participate in the qualifier organized by Blue Girl Beer in Hong Kong. Then he was sponsored by Blue Girl Beer to participate in the World Series Championship tournament in Macau, and fought his way bravely to the final table today.
He did not perform very well for the first two days of the World Series, and he was originally in the fourth place at the final table. However, just like what happened to the 2008 World Champion, Chan fought over the other three players with confidence in the last few hands and changed his fate near the end. “The first thing I want to do now is to thank my friends who have encouraged me to participate in the Blue Girl Beer qualifier in the beginning.”
Chan took home a cash prize of HK$180,530 (€18.260, US$23,217), a World Champion necklace, a unique Venetian mask sponsored by The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel, and a free seat in the 2011 World Series of Mahjong.
Pao Jin-Long, the 31-year-old first runner-up from Hong Kong, has played mahjong for 18 years since he came to live in Hong Kong from the United States. “My parents taught me how to play mahjong. I think mahjong is very challenging, so it is a very suitable sport for a smart person,” said the confident Pao. He was awarded with HK$155,078 (€15,687 or US$19,943) prize money.
Yang Xun-Zhi, the 51-year-old player from Taipei, has played mahjong for 35 years and settled for the third place today in the World Series. He had participated in the Second World Series but did not make it to the top 128 players on the second day of the tournament. “So I went home, studied the game rules and practiced hard. Today I enjoy the fruit of my hard work!”, said Yang proudly. He took home a prize money of HK$124,297 (€12,575, US$15,985)
Li Jin-Dai, the 39-year-old beauty practitioner from mainland China, was disappointed about finishing in the fourth place. “Mahjong is my only interest and I have been playing for over 20 years. I often participate in the national mahjong tournaments in mainland China. Today, I had a leading position at the Final Table, but lost a lot of points to the Champion in the last few hands. Still, I believe I am a professional mahjong player!” said Li, who received a cash prize of HK$112,839 (€11,416 or US$14,511).
The World Series of Mahjong was a three-day championship tournament launched in 2006 by World Mahjong Limited, a group of international media veterans and entertainment industry professionals. The World Series of Mahjong gathers top mahjong players from all over the world to vie for the enviable title of “World Mahjong Champion”.
Details about the event – registration, rules and regulations, etc – are available on the official website www.wsom168.com.
This press release was issued by Starbiz Communications Limited on behalf of World Mahjong Limited.