The Japanese Garden at the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens invited DFW Mahjong to attend their annual Fall Festival this weekend, and we were more than happy to oblige. I had previously attempted to contact the garden staff about participating, but it wasn’t until this year, while looking to freshen up the festival events, that they responded.
The weekend’s weather was clear and cool with a mild breeze – good signs for a great turnout. And a great turnout it was! Following the opening ceremonies, our tables stayed busy until the festival closed each day. I don’t have exact figures on how many people we hosted in our space, but it was by far the best public demonstration we have had.
The Moon Bridge
This blue heron managed to make a meal of one of the koi on Saturday.
We are just over a fortnight from the 2017 World Riichi Championship in Las Vegas! This is squaring up to be an exciting event. Daniel Burnham, one of DFW Mahjong’s long-time members, will be representing us in the tournament. And let’s not forget Tina Koshimoto, a resident of Houston and winner of the DFW Mahjong qualifier tournament, will be attending as well!
Donnie Clark will also be travelling to help staff the event, so we look forward to seeing all of you there! Speaking of staff, WRC still has a need for additional staff (attendance at a much reduced cost!) and reserve players (also at a deep discount) so if any qualified individuals are interested in going, please contact either DFW Mahjong (here or our Facebook page) or the WRC hosts at their site www.wrc2017vegas.com.
Last weekend, sixteen players gathered in Grapevine, Texas for two days of competitive riichi mahjong. Many were local to Dallas/Fort Worth, but half traveled from the far corners of the United States to attend. Eight hanchan were played over those two days at the Grapevine Convention Center. Six pre-seated hanchan after which all scores were halved prior to the 7th hanchan semi-final locking the top 8 into an upper bracket. Following that, the top 8 were broken into an first and secondary bracket for the final hanchan.
Day one saw a couple of players, James Bragg (CO) and Ryan Adams (FL), distinguish themselves early by recording some large points that carried them into the final cut. Daniel Moreno (CA) started modestly, but was the only player to record consistently positive points throughout the entire tournament granting him a seat at the final table as
well. Tina Koshimoto (TX) started the first day with negative points in hanchan 1 and 2, but made a huge hit in hanchan 3 with a kokushi muso (Thirteen Orphans) yakuman off of another player who was already stuck in noten riichi, saving him from the chombo but doing more damage to his score sinking it well into negative. On day two she recorded much stronger hanchan which landed her on the top table as well. In hanchan 6 played on day two, Scott Clark (TX) and Peter Burgos (TX), seated at different tables but both of whom were ranging in the upper end of the bottom bracket, each scored dealer yakuman hands with su anko (Four Concealed Pons) and shot into the upper bracket before the cutoff at hanchan 7.
In a tense final round Tina Koshimoto, currently placing 3rd, won the tournament in South 4, passing 2nd place James Bragg and covering the 20 points needed to unseat Daniel Moreno who ranked first after hanchan 7. Tina’s victory qualifies her for play in the upcoming World Riichi Championship taking place in Las Vegas this October.
The biggest and most disappointing fall in the semi-finals came from Eric Nguyen (TX). Although he made the top eight cut for round 7, he was caught in noten riichi which converted to a chombo and further lost enough points to take his table score negative from which he never recovered. Eric scored 8th due to the tournament’s locked bracket format.
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.
It’s official! DFW Mahjong has received approval to host the upcoming DFW Riichi Open as a qualifier event for the World Riichi Championship being held October 4th – 8th in Las Vegas. This is still a while off but seats to this championship are in demand, so don’t wait! Qualifier events are cropping up – get yourself registered as soon as possible. You can register for the DFW Riichi Open here.
In addition, we will be receiving some sponsorship from Yellow Mountain Imports, a regular source for mahjong supplies in North America.
This April 8th and 9th, DFW Mahjong will be hosting a riichi mahjong tournament at the Grapevine Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas! This tournament is open to the public and a couple of very exciting prospects are in the works.
First, DFW Mahjong is negotiating with the official host, the United States Professional Mahjong League, for an invitation to 2017 Word Riichi Championship being held in Las Vegas! This will be a prestigious five day event hosting over 200 national and international players at The Palm Casino Resort.
Next, we are organizing a group outing to the Texas Star Dinner Theater for a murder mystery dinner that Saturday night. The production company, Lone Star Murder Mysteries has a record of award winning shows. This is an optional event in addition to the tournament.
Details for the tournament and any events can be found on the tournament page. I will post any news and updates as details are finalized.
The World Riichi Championship has announced the dates of its anticipated second international tournament. The 2017 World Riichi Championship will be held at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 4th-8th. There aren’t many details beyond that yet, though they have mentioned that there will be room packages available with registration once it is open. Entry fees and qualifications are still an outstanding question.
Anyone interested in staying updated or showing support for the major event, the first of its kind to be hosted in North America, can join the WRC mailing list.