Faqs

What is the World Series of Mahjong?
The World Series of Mahjong is the first, true world championship mahjong tournament that offers a significant prize purse, is open to any participant of legal age, and promoted throughout the world.

What can I win at the tournament?
The total prize purse is US$1.0 million in cash. The champion will receive US$500,000 with the remaining money paid among the next 31 places.

Who is eligible to participate?
Participation is open to any mahjong player of legal age. Minimum age to participate in the event is 21 years old.

What rule system is being used? Is it 13 or 16 tile?
Given the diversity of mahjong rules as played in Asia and other parts of the world, the World Series of Mahjong will employ a simplified rule and scoring system that is fair to all, simply and easy to learn, systematic and consistent, and emphasizes the playability of the game as a competition of skill.

The World Series of Mahjong will employ a rule and scoring system we call the Official World Series of Mahjong Rules. This system is an updated version of the Zung Jung scoring system developed by mahjong master, and tournament rules director Mr. Alan Kwan. The game uses 13 tiles.

Who can I contact if I have questions about the rules system?
Please contact our tournament rules director Mr. Alan Kwan at rules@world-series-mahjong.com. Questions may be send to him in English, Chinese, and Japanese.

How can I learn more about the rules and practice using them? 
See the tournament rules and scoring sections on this website to learn more about them, and then try using the on-line practice game. The online practice game will be available in the near future.

How do I register?
Registration will begin on March 15, 2007. Participants can register online at this website, in person in Macau at the World Series of Mahjong office, or by mailing in a registration form.

Who can I contact if I want to get more information about the event?
For general event information please contact us at info@world-series-mahjong.com. For questions regarding the event rules and scoring systems please contact us at rules@world-series-mahjong.com. For telephone enquiries, an international toll-free number will be available beginning March 15, 2007. Our operators can provide service in three languages: English, Cantonese, Mandarin and Japanese.

Is the number of seats available at the tournament limited? 
Yes. Participation is on a first come, first served basis.

Does the registration fee include transportation or hotel fees? 
No. Each player is required to make their own transportation and housing arrangements in Macau.

What’s included in the US$5,000 registration fee? 
The registration fee guarantees the player’s participation in the tournament and the chance to win a part of the US$1.0 million prize package (first place is US$500,000!). Upon check-in in Macau players will receive a player gift pack, player handbook and souvenirs. Snacks and beverages will be provided free of charge during the tournament for all qualified players.

I’ve signed up and paid. What happens now? 
Each paid participant will receive an official, confirmation letter. The letter should be presented to the registration desk, along with a photo ID (such as a passport of ID card) on the day before, or the morning of the first day of the tournament (Thursday June 14 or the early morning of Friday June 15, 2007). The registration desk is located just outside the Wynn Macau Grand Ballroom on the 2nd floor of the hotel.

How are you protecting players against collusion by other players?
A team of highly-trained judges and officials will be employed on site during all tournament hours to watch over all playing tables, settle questions regarding rules and scoring, and assist as needed.

Will the tournament appear on television?
Yes. The tournament will be broadcast throughout the world.

Who’s managing the event?
The World Series of Mahjong is owned and managed by World Mahjong Limited, a company run by a team of international entertainment and event management professionals. See Company Overview link for more details.

Will this be an annual event?
Yes. The World Series of Mahjong will be held every year, once a year, beginning in 2007.