The winner: Charles McDonell. 

SAN FRANCISCO - Charles McDonell wins the largest riichi tournament yet to be staged in the Americas, hosted by the Pacific Mahjong League. In all, fifty-two players came from the United States, Canada, and Japan to participate. Players during the competition were treated to the excellent luxury of playing on automatic mahjong tables.

The structure of the tournament began with a qualifier of six hanchans played over the course of the first two days. The top eight players were then selected to continue into the finals on the later half of the second day, with the remaining players continuing on in consolation rounds.
The top eight players had their scores halved, and were randomized into two tables for an additional hanchan. Following that, the top four players competed for places 1-4, and the bottom four competed for places 5-8.

Fun hands

Some fun hands came up during the competition. The first was a self-drawn four concealed pungs (suu ankou) by Scott Miller of Texas during the second hanchan.

There was another suu ankou declared this same day by another player who shall remain anonymous, won on its pair wait (tanki). Unfortunately, after declaring ron, it was discovered the hand could also be interpretted with another wait, for which the hand was furiten, and instead of cashing in on a slew of points, the player ended up paying a costly chombo penalty.

A third yakuman was declared during the final day of the competition by professional mahjong player from Japan, Jenn Barr, with her Thirteen Orphans (kokushi).

Jenn Barr makes the V-sign and scores a yakuman.

Final Results of the Pacific Mahjong Open (Riichi, No MERS), San Francisco

(all players from the USA unless stated otherwise) 

Place Name Points
1 Charles McDonell 1004
2 Teppei Noguchi 940
3 Simon Huang 818
4 David Bresnick 255
5 Garthe Nelson (JPN) 620
6 Alexis Hunt (CAN) 596
7 Scott Miller 79
8 William Huie -108
9 Spenser Vaughn 924
10 George Liu-Krason 867
11 Hamaya Hideomi 841
12 Heather Blood 699
13 Truman Chan 570
14 Junko Nakamura 485
15 Michael McLeod 427
16 Sylvain Royer 393
17 Rachel Halperin 343
18 Masahiro Yaehata 251
19 Allon Scheyer 230
20 Benjamin Boas (JPN) 225
21 Declan Groves (GBR) 208
22 Shane Zamora 147
23 Kinyan Lui 135
24 Kenyu Hayashi 110
25 Tony Yu 98
26 Khang Huynh 46
27 Iiao Tomoomi 38
28 Russell Chou -15
29 Zachary Francks -56
30 Bradley Yoo -68
31 Jenn Barr (JPN) -84
32 Garrett Sandifer -172
33 Claire Pozniak -173
34 Enrico Bianco -188
35 Ty Kennedy -226
36 Tom Riedel -251
37 Alex Strange -274
38 Aldwin Gordula -311
39 Kenji Baba -322
40 Takashi Masui -426
41 Kyle Cook -508
42 Mike Sudano -533
43 Luke Morgan -545
44 Zixuan Jiang -561
45 Shane Rideout -600
46 Preston Lee -702
47 Curtis Yee -823
48 Bichen Wang -892
49 Zhuodong He -975
50 Aruto Kurosaki -1026
51 Edwin Dizon -1125
52 Ryan Gan -1493

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