Hongkongers are dominating the World Series of Mahjong in the same way as the New York Yankees have dominated Major League Baseball's World Series. Local furniture salesman Chan Tak-kwan, 34, outlasted more than 200 other mahjong players from 10 countries and regions last weekend at the Venetian Macao, making him the third Hong Kong winner in the series' four-year history. After making several mistakes and experiencing bad luck, Chan (right) made it to Sunday's final table in last place. But just like the Yankees in the recent MLB World Series, Chan managed to come from behind with a run of good scores in the final two-hour stretch. Chan defeated a tough final table that included another Hongkonger and a player each from Taiwan and the mainland. Having played mahjong for just 10 years, Chan was the novice of the group; the other three all had at least 18 years' experience, including 31-year-old runner-up Pao Jin-long, who said he'd been playing mahjong competitively since the age of 13. For his efforts, Chan earned himself HK$180,530, a world champion's medal and free entry into next year's tournament for a chance to defend his title.