The first Cup happened last November. The winner, Naoki Setokuma of the JPML won a free seat in the Mahjong SuperCup in Macau along with 2 nights of hotel stay.

The 2nd Cup took place in February. 16 players played for pride and cash prizes. This time Mitsuru Minagawa, another entrant in the Mahjong SuperCup took down the tournament. At both of the first events we took hand histories and they will be published on the website weekly starting next week.

Now it is time for the 3rd Cup. And then the 4th, the 5th and all the th’s in between until the 8th. The winner of each tournament will get an entry into the World Series of Mahjong Riichi Event in November, 2009. Each of the tournaments will take place in Tokyo at Vacance, a parlor in Kagurazaka. The next one is on June 28, 2009 and each month there will be another event and another chance to win a seat in the $1000-entry tournament in Macau. Cup 3: June 28th Cup 4: July 20th Cup 5: August 30th Cup 6: September 20th* Cup 7: October 25th Cup 8: November 3rd

*Dates may change

The entry fee for the Cup is 6,000yen. There are prizes for all finalists and 1st place wins a seat in the WSOM Riichi Event as a member of Team well as travel support to and from the event (travel support will vary depending on the number of entrants in each qualifier).

Each tournament will start at 12:00-noon and registration will open at 11:00 am. The entry fee includes 1 drink. There will be 4 games in the qualifying round. 8 players will qualify for the semi-finals and from there 4 players will qualify for the final table. The hands from each final table will be recorded and posted on and available to all participants on request.

There are many pro’s scheduled to appear at each Cup so don’t miss on this great opportunity to test your skills against the best and maybe win a chance at the richest Mahjong tournament in the world!

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