Largest Mahjong tournament set to kick off in Sydney this weekend

By Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia, 7 April, 2016

The largest Mahjong tournament in the southern hemisphere, the 2016 Mahjong Masters will take place at The Star Sydney from Sunday, 10 – Tuesday, 12 April 2016.


Over 300 players from around the world will converge on The Star Event Centre to battle it out for their share in $100,000 AUD in prize money, with the winner set to take home $50,000 cash.


The Mahjong Masters will welcome Soichiro Suzuki, who won 2nd place in the 2016 World Series of Mahjong as he leads a strong team from Japan. Plus well known Hong Kong celebrity and CEO of Hong Thai Travel, Mr Jackie Wong will join the players. Mei Wong, the 2015 Mahjong Masters Grand Master will be back in the game, hoping to add another $50,000 to her winnings.


Hugh Fraser, General Manager of Gaming Operations at The Star Sydney is looking forward to welcoming players and spectators on Sunday.


“Mahjong is such an exciting game to be involved in and to watch so we are delighted to host this massive tournament. People of all ages and cultures can enjoy the camaraderie Mahjong brings, it requires a combination of skill, mental toughness and of course at times a little luck.


“We have 72 Mahjong tables and equal sets of Mahjong tiles ready for our players to participate, we can’t wait to see who will take out this years’ title as our Grand Master of the 2016 Mahjong Masters!” said Mr Fraser.


Steve Pesce, CEO of Mahjong Australia is excited to host this tournament as the popularity of Mahjong skyrockets.


“Now in its second year, the Mahjong Masters is the pinnacle event on our calendar. With the popularity of Mahjong growing rapidly across Australia, it’s a great way to gather national and international players to compete for a huge amount of prize money on offer.


“We are the largest Mahjong League in Australia and one of the strongest in the world, and together with our partnership with The Star Sydney we are able to bring players together to compete at the Mahjong Masters. I cannot wait for the fast paced action to kick off!,” said Mr Pesce.


Player registration is still open. Players can qualify for this event by playing at one of Mahjong Australia’s venues across the country. Or by purchasing their entry ticket – priced at $550 via


Source: Zadro Communications for The Star