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Duplicate Mahjong In America
« on: October 31, 2018, 10:38:07 am »

The first official duplicate mahjong event in the United States took place in Atlantic City, New Jersey during the Oct 21-23 Mah-Jongg Tournament hosted by Four Seasons Mah-Jongg, sanctioned by the American Duplicate Mahjong Association (ADMA), and observed by the Mahjong International League (MIL), playing the National Mah-Jongg League rules in the beautiful Harrah's Casino and Hotel Convention Center, with 176 attendees.

Joanne Bourne of Four Seasons Mah-Jongg did a wonderful job organizing a smooth and successful tournament, and with 176 competitors and 44 tables, that is no small feat. For the duplicate portion of the event, sixteen top competitors participated in the four-table duplicate mah-jongg (with some substitutions being allowed to enable more players to test-drive a duplicate hand). Scott Miller of the ADMA was on hand to answer questions and observe the competition, along with Wenlong Li of the  MIL who helped orchestrate the player and table rotations. The four duplicate top players were Diane Seeman, Gerri DiCostanzo, Marcey Epstien, and Robin Stern.



The big take-home message players learned was duplicate mahjong plays no different for them than does the normal NMJL mah-jongg they are used to. Most players admit they came in to the event thinking they would have to learn a new set of rules. They were relieved to see duplicate mahjong (or mah-jongg) is a tournament structure, not a new set of rules. Players just sit down at the table and do their best like they always do.

The energy and enthusiasm for the event was tremendous, ensuring that there will be more duplicate events in the future, with many organizers already contacting the ADMA to inquire about hosting more duplicate events in the future.

The duplicate format for tournaments is a required format to make mahjong eligible for inclusion in world mind sporting events such as the International Mind Sport Association and the International Olympic Committee.

Excerpt from China News Aug 5, 2017 by Charles Liu:
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Chinese organizers are confident that the country's most popular traditional table game meets the gold standard as a submission has been made to include mahjong as a demonstration event at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

In a recent interview with the Paper, International Mind Sports Association (IMSA) president Chen Zelan said his organization is conducting talks with the International Olympic Committee to feature mahjong as one of its demonstration sports.

As a table game, mahjong is usually played indoors, but Chen did not foresee any difficulty with the application.

"The IOC always thinks to expand participation in the Winter Olympics to countries without conditions to develop winter sports, so indoor demonstration events like mahjong are conducive to get more countries involved," said Chen before adding, "Beijing, as the host city of the 2022 Winter Olympics, is able to propose new events."

This past April, mahjong [represented by the Mahjong International League] was welcomed by the IMSA as the sixth international mind sport, joining the likes of chess, contract bridge, checkers, Go, and Chinese chess.

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Re: Duplicate Mahjong In America
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2018, 10:44:21 am »
Adding more pictures of the event.

Scott Miller of the ADMA was on hand to answer questions and observe the competition, along with Wenlong Li of the MIL who helped orchestrate the player and table rotations.

The four duplicate top players were Diane Seeman, Gerri DiCostanzo, Marcey Epstien, and Robin Stern.
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Re: Duplicate Mahjong In America
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2018, 10:45:15 am »
Adding more pictures of the event.

The beautiful Harrah's Casino and Hotel Convention Center

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Re: Duplicate Mahjong In America
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2018, 09:26:20 am »
I would also like to have been there. Could not but unfortunately for health reasons. I've been to the Harrah's Casino and Hotel Convention Center before. Certainly a lot of fun playing Mahjong there. ;)
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