PML Riichi Mahjong Open 2016

The Pacific Mahjong League (PML) hosts the first international PML Riichi Mahjong Open 2016 tournament in San Francisco, California. Join us for an intense weekend of riichi with the pros and compete for one of NARMA’s spots in the World Riichi Championship!

Meet, greet and beat players from all over the world! The PML Riichi Mahjong Open has confirmed guests from all over the world, including top players from Japan and United States. US-based USPML (New York) and of course PML (California) will be in attendance! Limited space available – 48 slots for all tournament players including pros and invited special guests.

Full Event Details:

Limited spots!  Registration Closes September 4th at 6pm Pacific!

San Francisco Int’l Airport Holiday Inn – 275 South Airport Boulevard, South San Francisco, CA 94080

World Riichi Championship Seat

Win the tournament and win one of the first available North American seats in the World Riichi Championship 2017.

3 Riichi Pros

Jenn Barr, JPML

Garthe Nelson, JPML

Benjamin Boas

12 Auto-Tables

Play on the brand new AMOS REXX fully automatic mahjong tables. 6 AMOS REXX and 6 Chinese automatic tables will be provided for players.

Mahjong Teaching Method, Tibet Rules

A couple weeks ago, the USPML hosted a Mahjong booth at PAX EAST. Over the course of three days, with only space for four mahjong tables (three used for teaching), we ended up teaching over 350 people through one hour “How to play Mahjong” sessions. Throughout all of our teaching at PAX East, the biggest success came from a certain teaching style we learned from Benjamin Boas (Author and Mahjong playing American who lives in Japan), called the Tibet Rules. The beauty in these rules is that not only do they effectively teach people how to play mahjong, but also gets them quickly immersed in a game that they can immediately play and get better at, without having to jump through a set of convoluted rules. At PAX East, the large majority of the people that came back for intermediate and advance lessons, as well as those who came to buy mahjong sets, lesson books, and find out more information about mahjong after their lessons, came from the tables using a variety of these rules to teach. The following is the rules that Ben sent us:


How to Stay Off Tilt and Climb in the Ranks

How to Stay Off Tilt and Climb in the Ranks

If you’ve played mahjong for long enough, you’ll know that have everyone has their ups and downs. Their flow and no flow. Their Tenhou and their double riichiing of said tenhou. Situations like going into orasu after a hard fought 16 hand+ game, only to fall into 4th to a 3rd turn oya mangan on a sole 8m wait. Stuff like this can leave a particularly bad taste and might be the start of your 5 4ths in a row streak. You could go ahead and just blame this phenomenon all on your “bad luck”, “dumb luck of my opponents”, and of course the ever powerful ‘flow’. Though always be aware that luck flows both ways.

‘Dumb Luck’ is one of the most common causes of going on tilt. When you feel like you’re playing a ‘perfect’ game, only to have it fall to some bullshit tanki wait with a dora ankou or an ipptasu tsumo in orasu… No matter how hard you try this ‘dumb luck’ will not go away, but you can decipher this luck to better understand when and how it can occur and what you can do to respond to it.