World Series of Mahjong 2015 Qualifying Tournament Announced & Tickets for the Championship Go on Sale
World Mahjong Limited today announced further details of the qualifying land and online games for the World Series of Mahjong 2015 (WSOM). It was also announced that the fourth WSOM Championship will be held at The Milan Ballroom at the The Venetian® Macao from December 5-6, 2015. Tickets to the main event are now available, as it continues to be the world’s largest mahjong tournament in terms of player participation and prize money.
With an exciting line-up of international locations, WSOM also announced its hosts for the Canadian and Philippines qualifying games. City of Dreams Casino at the heart of Manila’s Entertainment City will host the Philippines qualifier. While, River Rock Casino Resort in Metro Vancouver Canada, a 4 time winner of the World Luxury Hotel Awards including 2014, and also named in 2014 by Forbes as “One of Eight Casino’s Worth Missing Vegas For” will be the Canadian host. Players will compete for a limited number of spots at the main event, the World Championship.
“River Rock is proud to participate in this prestigious global tournament, and is excited to let the world know and see that Metro Vancouver, and particularly River Rock Casino Resort, is a world class entertainment destination,” says Alasdair Douglas, Vice President Marketing & Sales – River Rock Casino Resort, Great Canadian Casinos®.
The WSOM features the best mahjong players from around the world, all competing for cash prizes in an exhilarating tournament held in Asia’s entertainment capital. The World Series of Mahjong Rules© also 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 are optimized for tournament play, bold strategies and fast-paced action.
Now in its fourth year, WSOM has a potential prize pool of US$575,000 and sees the return of the three previous champions – 2007 champion Mr. Hui Chung Lai, 2008 champion Mr. Ho Kwok Hung and 2010 champion Mr. Chan Tak Kwan. All three former winners qualify automatically for this year’s World Championship.
The qualifying land games, which will take place in a number of countries and territories, all culminate in the 2015 champion being crowned at the two-day World Championship in December. The qualifiers will take place in a number of prestigious venues including River Rock Casino Resort:
- Hong Kong: October 31
- Canada: November 1
- China (Guangzhou): November 6-8
- Japan: November 7 & 10
- Australia: November 9
- Philippines: November 21
Online qualifying games
This year, along with the traditional land-based qualifying tournaments players can also both practice and qualify online. World Mahjong Limited has partnered with leading online operator, PerfectPairs Gaming/GigaFunTown, to provide free practice games through the World Series of Mahjong Rules©-based online game. The online qualifier tournament has already started. “Regardless of how you plan to qualify, the online game is a great way to get familiar with the standardized rules and ensure players are aware of all the strategies. I highly recommend player practicing online before entering the qualifier,” said Mr. Chan Tak Kwan, champion of WSOM 2010.
“Today marks an important step in our bid to organize the highest-quality mahjong tournament in the world,” said Mr. Jim Mehren, President of World Mahjong Limited. “Over the last three World Series events, we have seen extraordinary mahjong players emerge, with amazing levels of skill and a keen sense of competition. We’re grateful for the support of all of our sponsors and partners, and we believe these associations validate the class and grandeur of this World Championship event.”