Juho at the European Riichi Championship, Hanover 2008.

HELSINKI - They said he won large sums of money by playing poker on line. I do not know if it is true. But I do know that mahjong was a passion for Juho Pakarinen from Finland, And now, quite unexpectedly, he is no more. Last month, December 2008, he was found dead.


It is just incredible.


Frans Roquas

HANOVER, Germany - During the opening ceremony of the first European Riichi Mahjong Championship, co-organiser Martin Rep commemorated Frans Roquas, who had passed away.