The World Riichi Championship has opened preliminary registration for WRC 2017 Invitational being held in Las Vegas, Nevada this October. Previously the WRC was accepting names and emails of interested individuals who wished to know when more information was available.
The recently opened registration is now complete with participant packages and costs in USD. Up front, the prices evoke a measure of sticker shock until you dig into what each pass contains. $1,000 covers one player with an entry to the event, four nights stay at the Palm Hotel and Casino, breakfast and lunch each day during the event, and any sponsored event swag. $1,500 covers two players in all of the above with a shared a room. It is possible that event-only passes will become available
To be clear, registering at this stage does not guarantee an invitation to the championship. Did I mention this is an invitational? Nor are you expected to pay for your seat at the table yet. In North America at least, attendance to the event will be determined by the United States Professional Mahjong League (USPML), a member of the WRC Committee and this years host of the championship. Essentially players are expected to register if they wish to attend, at which time their attendance must be confirmed by the USPML – this will be done through WRC approved tournaments and other currently undisclosed validation of attendees. Once a player has been confirmed, USPML will invoice them the event cost.