Grand Master announced in largest Mahjong tournament
The largest Mahjong tournament in the southern hemisphere, the 2016 Mahjong Masters at The Star Sydney crowned the winner, the Grand Master Xin Ming at 9pm Tuesday 12 April after two days of competitive play, taking home a cash prize of $50,000 AUD.
Over 240 players converged on The Star Event Centre to battle it out for their share in $124,000 in prize money. A strong contingent from Japan led the field for most of the final round, with Smiley Ozawa placing 2nd taking home $20,000. Soichiro Suzuki came in 3rd place taking home $10,000. 4th place went to Wei Xu taking home $5,000. 5th place to 32nd place took home prizes between $1000 and $300.
Steve Pesce, CEO of Mahjong Australia was delighted to showcase the talents of Mahjong players from around the world in Sydney.
“We had players come from all across Australia, and international locations including Japan and Hong Kong. The size of this tournament is reflective of the rapid growth of Mahjong across Australia, with players of all ages getting involved in the highly social game.
“We started Day 1 with over 300 players, and by Day 2 we were down to the remaining 64 players, before half were eliminated for the final round kicking off with just 32. Experienced competitor Xin Ming, stormed home in the final round to take the lead in the last 30 minutes of play and we were delighted to crown him the Grand Master of the Mahjong Masters 2016,” said Mr Pesce.
Hugh Fraser, General Manager of Gaming Operations at The Star Sydney was proud to host this mega tournament.
“Mahjong is such an exciting game to be involved in and we were delighted to partner with Mahjong Australia to host this massive tournament. Here at The Star we have seen enormous growth in the popularity of Mahjong and recently launched our new spacious Mahjong Room, currently giving players the opportunity to play Monday to Thursday or Saturday and Sunday.
“On behalf of The Star Sydney, congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Mahjong Masters!,” concluded Mr Fraser.