UK Poker Player Poker News Leading Isle of Man software provider signs new Licensee

Leading Isle of Man software provider signs new Licensee

Posted by David Cowell on April 12, 2011 at 6:28 BST

Leading peer to peer online software provider Mahjong Ltd recently announced the signing of Tycoonbet as their newest licensee. Already possessing a catalogue of celebrated online casino and poker gaming platforms, they will now incorporate the ancient mahjong card game as part of their  repertoire. As an up and coming operator, Tycoonbet will be focusing mainly on the Canadian and Chinese markets; two places which has seen rapid online card playing growth in recent years, not to mention produced several star players.

Tycoonbet already has a strong presence in Greater China, and is aiming specifically to target the overseas Chinese market in Canada. In both regions, the game of mahjong is extremely popular, and will fit in well with all casino offerings currently in place. Candy Lee, CEO of Tycoonbet, showed great positivity for the decision, stating that “Mahjong Logic has the platform and expertise which ensures our players a positive experience and will grow our overall player base. We have searched the market for the right online mahjong partner and could not be happier securing this partnership with Mahjong Logic.”

Mahjong originated in China and, like poker, is a popular gambling game requiring skill and strategic calculation, with a certain degree of luck also involved. Although, unlike poker, it can be played recreationally as well as used for gambling. In the West, a popular solitaire variant has also come to prominence recently.

The game is played using 152 tiles, decorated traditionally with Chinese characters and symbols. Players must draw tiles until they can form one of the various legal hands. There are several ground rules (interchangeable from region to region) about how pieces are drawn, stolen from another player, as well as the use of basic (numbered) tiles and honours tiles (winds and dragons).

Could online poker be about to see some competition from the East?