A peerless distinguished figure.
A peerless distinguished figure, Nijmegen 2005.

BUSSUM, the Netherlands - The year 2017 will see the second reiteration of the World Riichi Championship in Vegas, October 4th-8th, demonstrating that it is not just a one-off event, but is solidifying into a reoccuring world event. Mahjong News sits down with its framer, Martin Rep.

Cover DVD-set

JAPAN - Mondo TV has finally released the highly anticipated footage of the second "World Riichi Championship" which took place from 4th to 8th October 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

LAS VEGAS, United States - The organizing team of the WRC2017 has updated the final ranking with more detailed information.

Social play at the Palms

LAS VEGAS, USA - While behind the scenes the organizers are doing an outstanding job handling unexpected logistic problems, more and more participants are pouring in at the tournament location, the Palms Casino Resort. Contestants are checking into their rooms, trying their luck on the casino floor, and engage in casual social play.

Jenn Barr translates for Masaharu Tomotake.

VEGAS, USA - Masaharu Tomotake steps into the crown as the second World Riichi Mahjong Champion. Mahjong News was there to get his initial reaction after his historic win.

Masaharu Tomotake

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

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.