The field is narrowed to the top 16.

VEGAS, USA - Once the players made it into the top 16, again their scores were zeroed out, and everyone began with a new clean slate. The top two players from each table will advance on to the top 8.

Lena Weinguny (left) and Katsuo Takeda (facing) both survive the second knockout round to make it to top 8.

VEGAS, USA - The second knock-out round is done, and only eight progress.  As with the previous two knockout rounds, their scores will be zeroed out, and everyone began with a new clean slate. The top two players from each table will advance on to the Final Four. Two Westerners make the cut, Lena Weinguny (AT) and Katsuo Takeda (US).

Katsuo Takeda (facing) and Lena Weinguny (opposite) pitted against each other in the Top Eight, vying for a spot at the final table.

VEGAS, USA - The third knock-out round is begun. As with the previous two knockout rounds, their scores were zeroed out, and everyone began with a new clean slate. The top two players from each table will advance on to the Final Four. Two Westerners make the cut, Lena Weinguny (AT) and Katsuo Takeda (US).

Masaharu Tomotake

 VEGAS, USA - The 2017 World Champion of Riichi Mahjong: Masaharu Tomotake!

Mondo TV monitoring the final's progress.

LAS VEGAS, NA, USA - With everyone's scores reset to zero, it's anybody's game to win yet again. After the first hanchan of the final thirty-two players, the results are as follows:

The final Knock-Out round is done.

VEGAS, USA - The final knock-out round is done. The top four players for 2017 move on to the final table. Masaharu Tomotake, Hiroyuki Yamada, Yutaka Nakamura, and Ryuichi Masuda. Four players, two hanchan, one champion.

With a strong performance, Shigekazu Moriyama was able to overcome a chombo for declaring an invalid winning hand, and still pass into the top 16.

VEGAS, USA - The 11th hanchan is over, and the top two players from each table get to move on to the final 16. Click "read-more" to see the list.

Cameras of Mondo TV following the battle at this table. In red shirt Martin Lester (UK), the man in black is Frank Rostved (DK).

LAS VEGAS, NA, USA - The organizers of the World Riichi Championship have released the results of day 2. Just as expected, the Japanese rule. Masaharu Tomotake leads the way with 213.0 points, followed by Hiroyuki Yamada with 193.2, and Yuki Takeda with 183.1. Tomorrows morning session hanchan 9 is the last chance for players to get themselves above the cut-off of the top 32 to make it to the finals.

Garthe Nelson announces the names of the Final Four as they walk the red carpet into the table-tron.

VEGAS, USA - The top four players for 2017 move on to the final table. Masaharu Tomotake, Hiroyuki Yamada, Yutaka Nakamura, and Ryuichi Masuda. Four players, two hanchan, one champion. With one hanchan down, the path begins to emerge.