Sydney to host World Series of Mahjong 2013
In June, the World Series of Mahjong will be held for the first time in Australia.
Mahjong Australia will host this year’s event at the The Star in Sydney between June 2 and June 4.
The series is traditionally held in China.
“Mahjong has become a popular cross cultural sport with a large number of local Chinese and Australians playing on a daily and weekly basis,” said Pauline Heng, CEO Mahjong Australia.
“It requires a combination of skill, mental toughness and, of course, a little luck. People of all ages and cultures enjoy the camaraderie Mahjong games bring and it’s well known that it improves mental abilities,” Ms Heng said.
Players will compete for a prize pool of A$1 million – broken down to include 64 winners with the winner taking home a prize pool of A$388,000 down to A$2500 for the 64th runner up.
World Series of Mahjong 2013 aims to attract 500 players to compete from Australia and overseas. International players will mostly come from China and Hong Kong but it is expected that up to 15 countries will be represented.
Chan Tak-Kwan from Hong Kong was the World Series of Mahjong 2010 World Champion when the event was last held at The Venetian in Macau in 2010.
Entry to the tournament is not cheap – priced at A$2,300. ■
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