Is it too good to be true?

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We all have good days and bad days when we play.  I was recently blessed with a very good day.mjwinner

I started out with winning a quint hand and was feeling pretty good.  Then we had a wall game, which increased the pot for the next hand.  I was continuing on my hot streak and won that game as well.  The following hand another player won.  But that was it for the others that day.

As wonderful as it sounds, it quickly became awkward and a little ugly. Each game I won, the undertone became louder.

Some of the players continued to make comments that contained that tone.  It’s not what you say, but how you say it.  I became increasingly uncomfortable.  I wasn’t going to lose on purpose, to make them feel better and if I left early that would not sit well either.  Even though, I was the only one to leave the game with money, I didn’t feel great about it.  They ruined it for me.

Of course no one likes to lose, especially when playing for money.  But how can you begrudge others for doing well.  That is what the whole pi thing is for .  Your loss is capped by an agreed upon amount.  Usually, if you play with the same people week in and out it probably evens out.

If that is not the case in your game, you have to decide if it’s the right fit for you.  It usually is not about the money, at least in my game.  What we play for will not change any of our lifestyles.

Try to enjoy those small victories that come your way and help your friends enjoy theirs as well.

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  1. PATIENCEABOVEALL  October 5, 2015

    Wow! Words that come to mind are petty, small-minded, ungracious, and just downright mean. I believe it is important in life to surround ourselves with loving, like-minded people, and the people described in your note are certainly far from it. For all that you give, you certainly deserve and have a right to choose better company. Unacceptable behavior on their part! When one of our table wins, we all clap and wish them congratulations and cheerfully, it all comes back to us when each of us wins. I wish you good and happy wins!

  2. tilelady  October 6, 2015

    very unsporting, we all have good days and bad. Last week I did not win any games, one tile away for most hands. Some weeks I am the “big winner”

  3. Sue Pritchard  October 6, 2015

    I agee with both of you. Unsportsmanlike behavior! Sometimes when I feel uncomfortable that I have won too many games that day, I purposely pick hard hands to challenge myself. Leah, it looks like you were even winning on the hard ones! Well done, my friend!

  4. Terry Frank  October 6, 2015

    We all try our best to win hands. However, sometimes it is just not meant to be. To some, “winning is everything.” To me, it is just as important to be gracious if your hand does not come in. To throw one’s tiles in, in an aggressive manner, when the hand does not come in, is so unbecoming. To announce, “I was on call!” when someone wins, also has no place in a game. All we can do is lead by example and perhaps someone may pick up on it and see that it’s not whether you win or lose but how you handle yourself in situations that don’t have the perfect outcome.

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