Playing for Money

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I’ve been playing Mah Jongg for about four years but never for money. I’ve heard many comments and opinions from other Mah Jongg enthusiasts about the differences in play between games for money versus those where nothing is at stake except the right to say you won a game or two. Most expressed that they placed a more defensive game when playing for money.

I recently started ...

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Things Aren’t Always as They Seem

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Have you ever been convinced you saw something a certain way for a long time, only to find it wasn’t what it seemed? This happened to me this past week. I played the first hand in the 2468 category.

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When I first received the 2015 card I studied it for changes from last year’s card. Even after holding the 2014 and 2015 cards side-by-side I had convinced myself that this hand did not change from last year. ...

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Is Second Best Good Enough?

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Rosette-Ribbon---4-1-2--X-11--Fifth-Place_71822437It generally takes a combination of skill and luck to win Mah Jongg games. Sometimes it takes a little more of one than the other. Some days it seems like both are lacking and it is difficult to win any games.

 

We all have an occasional game where we don’t played well. It seems to me that we Mah Jongg players evaluate ourselves ...

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Playing Mah Jongg is Good for Your Health!

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We know that Mah Jongg is a mentally stimulating game that requires quick decision-making skills, organization, sharp attention to detail and patterns, and good problem solving. Playing the game provides a good workout for our brains. But did you know that and can even improve our brain’s performance and mood? Medical research supports this.

 

As published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry in 2006, researchers studied Mah Jongg’s effects on people who already had mild or moderate dementia. They determined ...

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Discard Early or Late?

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We’ve all been in this situation dozens of times. A player makes an exposure and you are holding a “hot” tile that you are certain this player wants for another exposure. It’s early in the game. You have two choices- to discard the tile early or hold onto the tile until later in the game.

 

There can be obvious advantages to both. If discarding ...

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What a Difference a Year Makes

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Each spring we eagerly await the new Mah Jongg card to see what changes have been made. Some changes are easy to remember because we play those hands with regularity. Some hands are less familiar to us. I have often heard, “Oh no, the hand I’m playing was on last year’s card!”

 

Last week I played a game with tiles that looked very ...

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To Critique or Not To Critique?

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scoldAlthough I think I’m a fairly good player, I am not always playing Mah Jongg at my best. Sometimes I make a tactical error or should have switched hands to better accommodate some discarded tiles. I’m sure we all have games like that. But what do you do if you thought you played your best with the tiles you were given, but an observer says, “Why didn’t you play this hand?’ ...

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Automatic Mah Jongg Tables

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Most of us are accustomed to spending several minutes shuffling and flipping Mah Jongg tiles and then creating the walls before we begin each game. We accept this as part of the routine. But there is a table that automatically does this chore for us.

An Automatic Mah Jongg Table works by using magnetism. The table comes with magnets installed inside the Mah ...

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In Defense of Mah Jongg Gods

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I’m certain the Mah Jongg gods were instrumental in a game I played this week. There’s no other explanation for what occurred.

I had decent tiles on my rack. I was considering a hand in the consecutive run section. I had two three bams, and when a third three bam was discarded, I should have called for it and used a joker to expose ...

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Flowers on Mah Jongg Tiles

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Did you ever wonder about the flowers on the Mah Jongg tiles? These flowers represent the four Confucian plants: bamboo (summer), chrysanthemum (autumn), orchid (spring), and plum (winter). They are known as the Four Gentlemen of China. These groupings are seen repeatedly in the Chinese aesthetic of art, painting, literature, and garden design.

In the Chinese culture, the chrysanthemum signifies a life of ...

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