Mah Jongg is not just a game. It has become a part of my life that allows me to entertain my Mah Jongg-playing friends, cook great meals to serve to them and test my mental skills during our game play (which, hopefully, is often).
Thank so much to all of you who were kind enough to send me the attention-grabbing article from yesterday’s Wall Street Journal (as my friend Edna said, “…front page below the fold, piece on World Series of mahjong rules allowing chicken hand strategy. Might be fodder for blog column.Edna”).
I love the fact that you think of me and this blog when you read something about Mah Jongg.
According to the article, the World Series of Mahjong begins today in Macau at theVenetian Macau Casinoand the “chicken hand” will be allowed.” And for those of you who didn’t have a chance to read the article, here’s the start of it. For the rest, follow thelink here.
Take a look at this video of the coverage of the 2008 World Series of Mah Jongg! This is a $1,000,000 prize pool event that attracts Mah Jongg players from around the world.
Does anyone know if there have been more of these World Series of Mah Jongg (WSOM)? I can’t find any information beyond the games of 2010.
According to Wikipedia, the World Series Of Mahjong (Chinese:世界麻将大赛) is played to determine the World Champion in the board game Mahjong. Both men and women are eligible to contest this title; the championship holds individual events and sets up the total prize of one million US dollars. The tournament competition takes place for 3 days. The players must pay 5,000 USD for entry and must provide proof that they are at least the age of 21.
The World Series Of Mahjong (WSOM) was established by World Mahjong Ltd.(WML) in 2007. Chunglai Hui, a designer from Hong Kong, won the first tournament. In 2008, Kwokhung Ho (Alex Ho), the executive of AIA Insurance from Hong Kong, won the tournament. In 2010, WML promoted WSOM after 2 years’ silence.