PML Riichi Mahjong Open 2021

The fourth annual* PML Riichi Mahjong Open will be held on October 23rd and 24th, 2021.  Join us in our new location in downtown Berkeley, California for an amazing tournament.

  • 10 hanchan
  • Up to 48 players
  • Automatic mahjong tables
  • Our amazing new venue in the heart of Berkeley
  • Live scores and personalized player stats for all games


Registration opens on Wednesday, August 18th.

$99 - Individual Early Bird Registration

After the early bird special ends, prices will increase to the following on September 18th at 6PM Pacific:

$119 - Individual Registration

First come first served.  Payment confirms registration.  No seats will be held.  Cancellation permitted only in cases of emergencies.  Ticket transfers okay as long as PML is notified before the tournament starts.

Purchase Tickets

We are using a new ticketing system. If you have problems registering, please contact us.


  • WRC Rules
  • 60 minute hanchan with 15 minute breaks
  • When time is up, finish the hand, then end the game
  • Every player is paired with others in such a way as to minimize the number of repeat times playing the same people
  • Semi-finals consists of two games, and finals consists of two games.
  • Points are reset for the semi-finalists for Hanchan 7, and seating is based on placement:
    • Semi-Final Table 1: 1st, 4th, 5th, 8th
    • Semi-Final Table 2: 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th
  • Points are reset for the finalists before Hanchan 9
  • Points are not reset for non-finalists
  • Finalist games are 90 minutes instead of 60 minutes
  • Players that did not make it into the semi-finals may play four additional hanchan


The tournament will be held at the Pacific Mahjong League at 2589 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704.  We have 12 automatic tables and plenty of room to play.

A wide variety of food and on street parking is available. Free street parking is available all day Saturday and Sunday one block west of Telegraph and the venue.

To keep everyone safe, for this tournament only, everyone entering MUST be vaccinated to participate. Please join us for future events if this is not possible. We also ask that everyone playing adheres to the current mask policy at the time of the event. At the time of this post, everyone regardless of vaccination status still must wear a mask indoors (8/18/21), and this policy will be updated as the local policy changes.


The following players are confirmed and have a seat in the competition.

Jeff T
Simon Y
Staffan H
Kenji B
Oliver N
Hawnlay S
Matthew K
Spenser V
Eric H
Masato E
Kaede C
Jimmy S
Alex W
Claire P
Yunchen T
Kylin Z
Pio Y
Austin T
Max S
David T
Joshua R
Steve A
Erik K
Edwin D



9:00 AM


10:00 AM

Hanchan 1

11:20 AM

Hanchan 2

12:30 PM


2:00 PM

Hanchan 3

3:20 PM

Hanchan 4

4:50 PM

Hanchan 5

6:15 PM

Free Play Starts

12:00 AM

Free Play Ends


10:30 AM

Hanchan 6

11:30 AM


1:00 PM

Hanchan 7 - Top 8 Cut

2:20 PM

Hanchan 8

4:00 PM

Hanchan 9 - Top 4 Cut

5:30 PM

Finals / Hanchan 10

7:00 PM


7:30 PM

Free Play

12:00 AM

Free Play Ends


Hands will be recorded into the live scoring system as they are played.  One or more players at each table will be responsible for recording the hands using our mobile web app.  All players are encouraged to use the app to verify hands are scored properly.  There will be an opportunity to learn about the app during registration at 9 AM.

Players will have access to up-to-date information on placements, points, and game stats using the app.  During play mobile phones should not be used except for the purposes of scoring.


Six AMOS Rexx automatic mahjong tables and 6 additional automatic tables will be made available for play.  All tables will be configured to build walls of the proper length, and no tables will be configured to deal hands or flip the dora.  The Rexx tables will show points in the drawers automatically.  For players using other tables the scoring web app will show the exact same information.  For this reason, please verify your points recorded after every hand.  In the event of a point discrepancy, the points listed on the web app will be used.


Due to the wide selection of food available nearby, food will not be provided as part of the tournament registration.  Water will be provided to all players.


Players are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner.  Please respect the concentration of other players during play.  Elbows, food, and drinks are not allowed on the tables.  Move your walls forward so that everyone can reach the tiles.  Do not slam or throw tiles on to the table.  Do not reveal tiles in the wall after the hand has ended.

Cheating, repeated tardiness, or creating issues that affect the well-being of the tournament, will warrant disqualification.

Additional Information

Attendees are advised that we will be taking pictures and recording video of this event, and player's first and last names will be released when sharing tournament placements. Table one will be streaming both days.

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