The second World Series of Mahjong was held from September 18 to 21, 2008 in Macau at the fabulous Wynn Macau hotel and casino.
A total of 302 players from 15 different countries participated in the tournament, competing in two separate events, a US$1,000 buy-in Reach/Riichi Rules Event, and the US$1.0 million prize purse Main Event played under the WSOM Rules System©.
The Reach/Riichi Event took place on Thursday, September 18th and was won by Tokyo native Mr. Daishiro Otsubo.
The Main Event started on Friday, September 19 and took place over three days, ending late in the evening of Sunday, September 21. The championship went to Mr. Alex Ho from Hong Kong. Alex is a 34-year old executive with AIA Insurance in Hong Kong. He won with an overall point total of 180.38.
In addition to receiving a check for US$500,000 Alex received the champion’s necklace, custom-made for the World Series of Mahjong by famous Hong Kong jewelry designers Steela+Steelo.
Second and third places in the Main Event were taken, respectively, by Hong Kong players, Mr. Tong, and Mr. Lam. Forth place was won by Mr. Aono of Kyoto, Japan.
The event was widely covered in print, television and internet media, and was again produced for world-wide television with a distribution to more than 100 million households throughout Asia and the world.
The 2008 WSOM featured a number of satellite, qualifying tournaments held around the world in countries such as Japan, Australia, Taiwan, Canada, an on the internet. Over 1000 players participated in the various satellite and qualifying events.