America’s First Mah Jongg World Championship to be held at Westgate Las Vegas

May 4, 2016 by  

America’s First Mah Jongg World Championship to be held at Westgate Las Vegas
Las Vegas is proud to welcome America’s first Mah Jongg World Championship this July. An ancient tile-based Chinese game, Mah Jongg requires players to use a high degree of skill and strategy, along with a little bit of luck, to prevail. 

Top Mah Jongg players from across the United States will gather at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino from Friday, July 22, 2016 through Sunday, July 24, 2016 to compete for the largest prize purse in American Mah Jongg history. According to the National Mah Jongg League, there are approximately 500,000 players in the United States. With the 2016 Mah Jongg World Championship taking place in Las Vegas, local tournaments and the Destination Mah Jongg events occurring throughout the country that number is likely to grow in the coming years.

“The game of Mah Jongg is seeing a huge resurgence in the United States, so it’s time for the World Championship to be held in this country,” said Fern Oliphant, CEO, Destination Mah Jongg, the organizing body for the event.

“Mah Jongg is no longer your grandmother’s game, it now appeals to a diverse audience of individuals and we’re looking forward to making Mah Jongg history this summer,” said Sheryl Perry, President, Destination Mah Jongg.

There are two ways to attend the 2016 Mah Jongg World Championship. A player must win 1st or 2nd place in a tournament using National Mah Jongg League rules, be a multi-table tournament playing American Mah Jongg, run by a director, and be awarded a Golden ticket. Qualifying events can include a one, two or three-day tournament, a cruise event tournament, a Master Point tournament or any other MJWC approved tournament. Alternatively, a player can buy into the tournament by purchasing a higher price ticket to attend and play in the MJWC tournament. The 2016 Mah Jongg World Championships offer Mah Jongg players a chance to win huge prizes and be a part of Mah Jongg history.

For more information and to register for the event, visit For sales information, please contact

Destination Mah Jongg has emerged as a community for beginners and seasoned American Mah Jongg players to learn more about the popular and beloved game. Designed as a single source for all Mah Jongg news, events and tournaments throughout the country, Destination Mah Jong also brings together Mah Jongg bloggers and enthusiasts at and on Facebook at

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