Los Angeles Pride of Mahjong (LAPOM) hosts the debut LAPOM Championship tournament on Presidents' Day weekend at the fabulous LAPOM jansou (mahjong parlour). Seats are limited to 28 players. The tournament days are February 18-19 and includes lunch. The tickets also include free play at LAPOM on the Monday following the tournament (February 20th).
Win the tournament and win one of the first available North American seats in the World Riichi Championship 2017.
The World Riichi Championship (WRC) was last held in Paris, France in 2014 and featured Japanese pro mahjong players as well as equally strong players from all over the world.
* The seat given to the winning player is from the NARMA quota and does not affect local/national availability of seats. If the winning player cannot accept or utilize the seat for any reason, including the inability to meet the minimum entrance criteria for the WRC, the seat will be given to the next highest player. Date, time, and location of the WRC are subject to change without notice.
Free play day all day Monday after the tournament!
The LAPOM jansou (also known as the dojo) is the only open, public kenkou jansou in the Americas! Established early 2016, the jansou 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 LAPOM Championship, you'll be able to play these amazing players on the Monday after the tournament!
Play on the brand new AMOS REXX fully automatic mahjong table. 1 AMOS REXX and 6 additional automatic tables will be provided for players.
The tournament will use the 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.
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 28 players. Slots will be available on a first come basis. Registration assignment to another player is possible, however PML/LAPOM will not refund any ticket sales. If you wish to transfer your ticket to another player you must inform PML tournament staff immediately (firstname.lastname@example.org).
8 hanchan, 30,000 starting points, 75 minutes per game.
Every player will play 8 hanchan, and the scores from each hanchan will be aggregated over the course of the tournament to determine placings. After 6 hanchan, the top 8 players will proceed to the upper bracket semifinals, and the lower 20 will proceed to the lower bracket semifinals. After the 7th hanchan, the top 4 players within the upper bracket will proceed to the upper bracket finals, and the lower 24 will proceed to the lower bracket finals. On the semi-final and final tables, the players' points will be reset at the start of the game. The placement of the players for that game will determine who proceeds. Only the top two players from both semi-final tables will proceed to the finals.
For purposes of overall tournament placement, positions start with the upper bracket and continue into the lower bracket. For example, even if the 4th place player from the upper bracket has fewer points than the highest point player from the lower bracket, that player will be considered 4th for the tournament placements and the lower bracket player will receive 5th place.
At the end of the allotted 70 minutes, if a game has not ended, the current hand of the game may be completed, and the following hand may be started and played as the last hand of the game.
Lunch included on February 18 and 19.
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.
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Details regarding special rates will be emailed to registrants. Rate may not be guaranteed.
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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