Along with confusion as to who can claim official status for the world dominoes championships and the world Bunco championships, I’m currently confused as to who can claim to represent the world for a championship in Mahjong.
The third World Series of Mahjong (the first two were 2007 and 2008, with 2009 being skipped) will take place in Macao in mid-August.
This event, though it comes with a $1 million prize, is not certified by the World Mahjong Organization, established in 2006, which has also managed to run two championship events: an unofficial one (number zero) in 2002, and another in 2007. Their “second” (third) event is scheduled for the end of August in Holland.
The World Mahjong Organization is the olympic ideal, with no big money in line. WSOM is the money tournament. I think these two are the main candidates for the World Championship tournaments that matter.
Also, they’re slightly different as the WMO plays the Chinese Official, while WSOM plays the Alan Kwan’s Zung Jung -based WSOM game. I’d say both can coexist quite happily, as they’re worlds apart in many respects.
WSOM may have a hefty prize money, but it’s mostly financed by player buy-ins (like the World Series of Poker), participating costs about $650.
Actually, I think the buy-in is $5,000.
It’s $5200, but I think in Macau money, which is about $650. I might be wrong – I was expecting something more like $5000 USD.