Welcome to the 2017 World Riichi Championship

240 Players


Invitations will be extended to top Riichi players around the world in a race to crown a new World Riichi Champion. Come and claim your seat at what will be the largest Riichi Mahjong event ever held in North America!

Legendary Personalities


WRC brings together the best Riichi players from around the globe! Get your chance to play with some of the most famous players in the JPML. Stay tuned for announcements of particular attendees!

5 Days and Nights of Riichi


Running from October 4 - 8, the World Riichi Championship will be more than just a tournament. With a series of side-events and free-play on into the night, there's more than enough Mahjong for everyone!


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Get lost in the 95,000 square foot casino, featuring the latest slot machines and table games as well as races and sportsbook betting. Or, if you'd like to explore, the Palms is only 10 minutes from the strip, with complimentary shuttle busses!


A huge assortment of exercise and wellness facilities. Unwind at either of the indoor and outdoor pools, bask in the tanning salon, work out in the fitness center, or treat yourself to one of a huge variety of treatments at several spa and salon facilities. The Palms even features the first Hammam (Turkish steam bath) in Vegas!


From a quick bite to fine dining, experience a huge variety of eatieries including the award-winning N9NE Steakhouse, named a "Top 100 Restaurant in the World" by Conde Nast Traveler, "Top 100 Dining Hot Spot of 2016" by OpenTable.com and "Best Steakhouse" by Vegas Magazine.


There's plenty to do after dark, with an assortment of lounges, nightclubs and bars. Catch a performance in the Pearl Concert Theater, dance the night away at the Rain nightclub or visit Ghostbar for panoramic views of the Strip from the 55th floor of Ivory Tower!


Our schedule is preliminary for now, but keep checking back as we add more events and details!

October 4

Opening Cocktail Hour
Mahjong Free Play

October 5

Tournament Play
Mahjong Free Play

October 6

Tournament Play
Mahjong Free Play

October 7

Tournament Play
Mahjong Free Play

October 8

Final Tables
Award Ceremony
Closing Festivities


Tournament Format

WRC 2017 be an elimination tournament, with a pool of 240 players eventually narrowed down to a single World Champion. More details as to the precise format will be available closer to the event. And don't worry, players whose run in the main event has come to an end will have numerous side-events, mahjong free-play, and other Vegas activities available to them!

WRC Rules 2017 Edition

WRC 2017 will continue to utilize the World Riichi Championship ruleset - the first international ruleset to be certified for competition play by authorities in Japan, Europe and the Americas. Since it's introduction at our first event in 2014, the World Riichi Championship ruleset has been updated and improved year over year to be a devinitive guide to Riichi Mahjong play. You can download a copy of the rules here:


Full Room

This package has everything you need to fully experience this year's World Riichi Championships!


  • One (1) Entry into WRC 2017
  • One (1) room for 4 nights at the
    Palms Hotel and Casino
    (All taxes and Resort fees included)
  • One (1) person's breakfast and lunch during the tournament
  • One (1) Player Package including bonus
    items and sponsor swag

$1000 USD

Extended 6 night stay available (Oct 3 - Oct 9)

+ $290

Shared Room

Designed to be split between two players, this package lets you and a friend play with the pros


  • Two (2) Entries into WRC 2017
  • One (1) Shared room for 4 nights at the
    Palms Hotel and Casino
    (All taxes and Resort fees included)
  • Two (2) people's breakfast and lunch during the tournament
  • Two (2) Player Packages including bonus
    items and sponsor swag

$1500 USD ($750 per person)

Extended 6 night stay available (Oct 3 - Oct 9)

+ $290 (+$145 per person)

Tournament Only

Entry-only packages will be made available closer to the event. Check back with us soon!


  • One(1) Entry into WRC 2017

$500 USD

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: If I choose a "Shared Room" package, who will I share my room with?
  • A: We will not match players for shared rooms. The player purchasing the "Shared Room" package is responsible for finding an additional qualified player to share the room. Players interested in this package will be contacted to confirm their choice.

  • Q: I'm interested in participating but I don't know what regional organization can certify my entry. How can I find out?
  • A: Please contact us directly via our form

  • Q: I'd like to bring additional friends or family members along with me to Vegas! Can I get additional rooms at the Palms?
  • A: You can request additional rooms on the Registration form - we will contact you to work out options and pricing!

  • Q: My friend/partner/family member wants to come to Vegas with me. Can they stay in my room?
  • A: Yes. If you have a single player package, one traveling companion can stay in your room with you at no extra cost. Please contact us if you are also bringing a child so we can confirm with the hotel in this case. Also be aware that your traveling companion will not have access to the events, although it may be possible for them to join side events at a small extra cost. We will update the website as these options become available.

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