The World Series of Mahjong returns in grand fashion as an international field is set to compete online and at the final in December
22 JUNE 2015, HONG KONG — World Mahjong Limited announced today details of the World Series of Mahjong’s return to the international stage with multiple online qualifying tournaments launching in July, and qualifying land games in international locations all culminating with the 2015 champion to be crowned in December at the World Series Main Event.
With a potential prize pool of USD 575,000, the top 32 players will each share in the cash prizes. In addition to the cash prize, the Main Event champion will receive a trip for two to Vancouver with business class airfare included as well as free invitation to all future World Series of Mahjong Main Event tournaments, along with the coveted golden mahjong necklace.
The World Series of Mahjong Rules© returns as the world’s only standardized version of mahjong rules validated with an international track record of previous tournament use. The rules create a level playing field for all mahjong players regardless of origin and is optimized for tournament play, bold strategies and fast-paced action.
“This year, along with our traditional land-based qualifying tournaments, which will be held in a number of countries and territories, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Japan, North America and other locations to be announced, we are excited to announce that players can also both practice and qualify online through our technology partnership with PerfectPairs Gaming/GigaMedia,” said Jim Mehren, President of World Mahjong Ltd.. “We are delighted to announce our partnership with leading online mahjong operator, Funtown. With over 4 million registered users, the World Series of Mahjong Rules© based online game is available for free practice play today, with qualifying tournaments starting in July. We will be announcing many more online partners in the coming months around the world.” added Jim.
This fourth-ever World Series of Mahjong features former champions including WSOM 2007 champion Mr. Hui Chung Lai, WSOM 2008 champion Mr. Ho Kwok Hung and WSOM 2010 champion Mr. Chan Tak Kwan and, who will attempt to defend their titles against a deep, international field of mahjong players. “It has been great to see the game of mahjong rise to an international level and compete with such amazing talent from around the world, I really can’t wait to meet and compete with all those talents later this year,” said Mr. Ho Kwok Hung, Champion of WSOM 2008. “For each new tournament, the international talent pool becomes stronger and stronger. This year, I have trained with patience in mind because, when everyone’s skills are at the same level, that is one way I have learned to outlast my opponents.” Mr. Chan Tak Kwan, Champion of WSOM 2010 shared his tips on how to defend his title.
World Mahjong Limited is also pleased to announce a partnership with Treyo Leisure and Entertainment Ltd. (Treyo), the parent company of Matsuoka Mechatronics (China) Co., the world’s leading brand of automatic mahjong tables in China, for the World Series of Mahjong 2015.
During the press conference, Treyo announced that it will provide the latest in automatic mahjong tables to be used throughout the World Series of Mahjong 2015.
The last World Series of Mahjong was held at The Venetian Macao in 2010, where Hong Kong’s Chan Tak Kwan was crowned World Champion.
Official registration for the World Series of Mahjong main event will be announced soon. The tournament is open to any player ages 21 and older. For more information on the World Series of Mahjong 2015 and registration, please visit: http://worldmahjong.com//world-series-2015/.
ABOUT THE WORLD SERIES OF MAHJONG:
The World Series of Mahjong is the first, true world championship mahjong tournament that offers a significant prize purse. The tournament is open to any participant of legal age, and is promoted throughout the world. The event is owned and operation by World Mahjong Ltd.
ABOUT WORLD MAHJONG LTD:
The World Series of Mahjong is owned and managed by World Mahjong Limited. World Mahjong Limited was founded by a team of international media and entertainment professionals who are based in the Greater China region and well-versed in the management of high-profile international sporting and entertainment events.
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