“Charleston Choosing”

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I have often had conversations with my MJ friends how much of the game of MahJongg is Luck versus Skill?  The percentage has been bandied about – one will say, it’s all luck; well not many agree with that.  Some will say, it’s 50/50.  Others lean toward, a higher percentage to the better player.  If it was 50/50 skill versus luck, why would better players consistently win?  So I thought I would come up with an interesting idea for us to debate:  seeing the following hand, how many of you would choose a different direction to go?  How many of you would pass the same tiles as I did here?  How many of you can see that a better way may have been to do something else?  I would welcome your feedback.  As you watch the hand progress, any “ah – ha! moments” are encouraged to let us know!  Add comments, email us or better yet, add your opinion on Facebook!

So, here’s the progression of the hand in order of the Charleston.

1 Beginning Hand 9-7-14 Blog

This is my Beginning Hand – the Tiles I was dealt.

I am now waiting for my First Right – do you see what I am passing?  What would you have passed???

2 Passing First Right - 7Bam, 8Bam, 3 Dot

In my First Pass I decided to pass the 7 Bam, the 8 Bam, and the 3 Dot. What would you do?

First Right Received – what do you deduce?

3 Received First Right - 3 krak. 1 krak. East

I’ve now received my First Right. Hmmm, tells me some: Player who passed it isn’t saving winds or low odds it seems…

I decide to keep the East I received so maybe I should be saving what they are passing???

First Over - passing the 3 Krak, 1Krak, and the 6 Dot

First Over – passing the 3 Krak, 1Krak, and the 6 Dot

I received back:

Here's what I received from the player across from me - 8 Krak, 9 Krak and a 4 Dot

Here’s what I received from the player across from me – 8 Krak, 9 Krak and a 4 Dot

I decided to keep the 4 dot, and see how the Easts and Wests and the 4’s treat me!  I know it’s a closed hand, but I’ll also position myself to keep more of the winds and 2014 so I can have options.  My two jokers certainly also give me options… a bit of the luck factor.

So I decided to send over to my left a bunch of Kraks. Probably not a good move..

So I decided to send over to my left a bunch of Kraks. Probably not a good move to send all of one suit..

So now, the player who sent me kraks last time, sent me over a couple more.  More tell tale info.

So I received back from the player on my right 2 more kraks and a 7 dot.

So I received back from the player on my right 2 more kraks and a 7 dot.

More decisions, hmmm.  Should I stay with the low dots? Not too many winds coming my way, but at least one more. And, I have another 4 now, so the 4s with the Easts and Wests are still viable, and since I have both the pairs I need for that hand (the 4 Dots and the pair of Easts),  even though it is closed, that certainly helps.  What would you do?

The player across from me sends me over a 4Krak, a 5 Dot, and a South.

The player across from me sends me over a 4Krak, a 5 Dot, and a South.

I need to make a decision it seems.

So I sent the 5 Dot, the 2 Dot, and even the South.  I'm going for the East/West/4s!  Decision made!

So I sent the 5 Dot, the 2 Dot, and even the South. I’m going for the East/West/4s! Decision made!

. I am hoping for more help.  And usually I don’t want to send pairs together but… c’est la vie!

Second left  - 9Krak, 9Krak and South.

Second left – 9Krak, 9Krak and South.

Next pass…

I received back for my last right a 2 Bam, a 7 Krak, and a 9 Dot.  No help. Oh well.

I received back for my last right a 2 Bam, a 7 Krak, and a 9 Dot. No help. Oh well.

Maybe I could have kept that South just to be safe to have a fall back.  But no second guessing …

I received my final pass for my Last Right, still no help.

I received my final pass for my Last Right, still no help.

….I am pretty happy to give this hand a try.  Closed, yes, but I have those 2 jokers to help me and there’s some of the “luck” part!  Wish me luck for the rest.

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