LAPOM Best in the West 2017

First annual team based riichi tournament held in Gardena, CA

February 17-18, 2018

16901 South Western Ave 107
Gardena, California 90247

Los Angeles Pride of Mahjong (LAPOM) hosts the debut LAPOM Best In The West tournament on Presidents' Day weekend at the fabulous LAPOM dojo. Seats are limited to 32 players. The tournament days are February 17-18 and includes lunch.

Is your team the BEST IN THE WEST?

Win the tournament as a team and take home the championship trophy and rings!

8 teams, 4 players per team. Staggered game starts for more strategy and more hanchan. Lunch included both days.

Winning team will get to take the Best In The West trophy home, and every team member will receive a championship ring. The trophy will trade hands at the next year's tournament.

$280 per team. All team members must register and pay as one. Registration closes at the end of the year. Refunds given on case by case basis but not guarenteed.

Modified WRC rules. See the official tournament page for more details. Tickets are first come, first served basis, however preference will be given to unique geographical regions.

Play at the LAPOM Jansou

Free play day all day Monday after the tournament!

The LAPOM dojo is the only open, public kenkou jansou in the Americas! Established early 2016, the dojo has grown by leaps and bounds. Super strong players from all over the Los Angeles area come to play here on the weekends. If you join the tournament, you'll be able to play these and other amazing players from the West!

More Information

Facebook: @losangelesprideofmahjong

Full automatic Auto-Tables

Play on the brand new AMOS REXX fully automatic mahjong table. Multiple AMOS REXX automatic tables will be provided for players.


The tournament will use a modified World Riichi Championship 2015 rule set. This is a standardized rule set optimized for tournament play. You can download the rules here: World Riichi Championship Rules 2015.

The rules have been modified due to the nature of the tournament. Uma will be variable based on whether or not the player is the captain (last player) of their team. Additionally, games will be capped at 60 minutes. When time is up, the current hand may be finished. No additional hands may be played. A clearly defined schedule and uma will be made available after registration has closed.

It is not necessary for players to know how to score their hands, though highly recommended. Both English and Japanese are the official languages of the tournament and players must be able to converse in at least one of the languages.

The tournament capacity is 32 players. Tickets are first come, first served basis, however preference will be given to unique geographical regions. PML/LAPOM does not guarentee the refund any ticket sales. If you wish to request a refund inform PML tournament staff immediately (


Multiple hanchan, staggered starts, team points, 60 minutes per game.

The 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th players from each team will start at their designated times and in a manner so that all the team 1st players play amongst each other, and then 2nd players against each other, and so on and so forth. This tournament will introduce a staggered format and there will be much less downtime than with other team tournaments (ex. Saki-style). Points will be cumulative for each team (rather than each player). The full schedule of games and particulars about the format will be released after registration closes on January 1st and 8 teams have been confirmed for attendance.

At the end of the allotted 60 minutes, if a game has not ended, the current hand of the game may be completed. It is the last hand of the game.

Tournament Lunch

Lunch included on February 17 and 18.

Bento boxes will be served for lunch. They will be prepared by a local Japanese place called Tomo-E Bento. The cost of lunch is included in the price of the tournament ticket.


Stay with us at the New Gardena Hotel

New Gardena Hotel is a Los Angeles California hotel located in the city of Gardena, near LAX, offering budget value great service and comfort. New Gardena Hotel is close to many Los Angeles tourist attractions and local Japanese shopping malls. The staff can speak Japanese.

New Gardena Hotel
1641 W Redondo Beach Blvd
Gardena, CA 90247


Except for the lunch specified, meals are not included though a generous amount of time will be provided for breaks. There are many quality places to eat in the general vicinity of the event.

Details and information subject to change without notice.


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