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About Mah Jongg and Me

Mah Jongg is not just a game. It has become a part of my life that allows me to entertain my Mah Jongg-playing friends, cook great meals to serve to them and test my mental skills during our game play (which, hopefully, is often).


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Another timely Q&A from Gladys Grad, the Grand Master of American-Style Mah Jongg.

Q. Today one of our tables had an occurrence that had not happened before. A tile was racked and  simultaneously the previous discard was called.  Who wins? This was not a tournament. One of our players posted this on Facebook and got many, many opinions on this. MOST said they believed the person who picked and racked got to keep the tile, because the person who called at the same time the other tile was racked was just not paying close enough attention. But a few said the caller had the upper hand.   Who’s right? 

A. It’s called a “simultaneous occurrence.”  In all cases, the benefit of the doubt goes to the person claiming the tile.  See the tournament rule below:


National Mah Jongg Tournaments®


18. SIMULTANEOUS SITUATIONS: Sometimes a tile may be claimed at the same time as another player racks or discards their next tile. This comes under the “Mah Jongg Rule of Simultaneous Occurrence,” also known as “Interception,” “Precedence of Claims,” and “Concurrency.” In this event,  the claimant will receive the benefit of the doubt. Please contact the Director for the official ruling in this matter.

What is your opinion on this? Let me know…



832A8443Our wonderful friends, Donna and Boots, held a great tournament in Santa Maria. I think we can all pick up some fun ideas from the following message from Donna. I love the “Hand on the Wall” idea!

Wish I had been there!

Donna wrote:

Boots and I billed it as the “Biggest Little Tournament Ever”  There were 80 people with 60 of them as experienced and 20 newer players each with their own rotation and separate prizes. We had two separate categories so those newer players could play 3 games in the time allotted for the other group to play 4. It gave them an opportunity to be part of a tournament without feeling too anxious. They loved it!
Players came from as far away as Santa Barbara to the south and San Luis Obispo to the north. It only cost $7.00 to enter and first place got $150.00 with cash prizes for first, second, and third place given to experienced and newer players. We donated over $200.00 to a non-profit group in the city of Santa Maria.
We gave away boxes of “DOTS” candy to the first 27 people in the door to encourage people to arrive on time. We had a wonderful breakfast food spread. We played two rounds before a catered Panera lunch and one round after. During each round there was a special “Hand on the Wall” – if you made this hand you got a special prize. There was only one per round. 
We had an electric timer that everyone could see to know how many minutes were left. If you didn’t make any mahjes, we gave away Mounds candy bars (because we hoped you had “mounds” of fun) and Charleston Chews (because we know you had some good Charlestons). 832A8516Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 5.11.31 PM 832A8642832A8618 832A8679 832A8676 Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 5.16.18 PM Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 5.15.38 PM Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 5.15.08 PM Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 5.12.49 PM Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 5.12.20 PM Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 5.11.09 PM


From Anchorage, Alaska (get it? so cool…) comes this wonderful photo from our friend JoAnn. I am thrilled that our book, Mah Jongg The Art of the Game, can be found everywhere!!!IMG_3883


You might remember the blog posting from last week about our friend Audrey’s cats playing late-night Mah Jongg. Well, it appears that Audrey isn’t the only one with MJ-loving kitties. Our dear friend Stuart in Seattle sent me the following: “Ann, I suppose you’ll now be inundated with cat pics. Here is Nathan waiting for the tiles (Photo 3) and his predecessor Izzy waiting for the other players.”Mahjong IzzyMahj-Izzy 2Mah Jongg nathan20160127_054928_resizedMy doggie Lizzie couldn’t care less when the MJ tiles come spilling out. But I certainly never knew that Mah Jongg could be a “catty” game…


Screen Shot 2016-01-24 at 11.48.24 PMThat Lynn Chorn from is one fabulous lady. She is one of the great supporters of the April 14th Stay Strong and Mahj On (SSAMO) luncheon and Mah Jongg event at Sarabeth’s, and has donated her fabulous pink glitter Breast Cancer Awareness Mah Jongg set for the raffle. And not only is she supporting this fun – and worthwhile – event but she has decided to share her generosity with everyone – this Breast Cancer Awareness set normally sells for $145.00 BUT for a limited time you can buy it for only $109.99.

I own this set and I can promise you that it is special and something that I treasure. It is a great gift for any and everyone, especially those whose lives – or the lives of loved ones – have been touched by breast cancer. This sale won’t last long so take advantage of this very special set while the price is so right!

Check out these wonderful “Find the Cure” Jokers that match the pink glitter tiles of the set:

Breast Cancer Tiles-XL-001And look at everything that comes with this set, including the great pair of dice and pink racks with pushers attached!Breast Cancer Special Value Set (2)BTW, the set also comes with ten regular pink glitter Jokers, just in case you want to use the “Find the Cure” pink ribbon tiles for something else. 


I am so excited about this Stay Strong and Mahj On upcoming event including lunch and Mah Jongg on April 14 at the beautiful – and delicious – Sarabeth’s!  Linda Feinstein is the honorary chair plus we have the best benefit committee! I hope all of you in the tri-state area will attend what promises to be a fun and memorable afternoon.

Please go here to register: we are limited to 100 attendees and you won’t want to miss out.  Great prizes and raffle items along with knowing that your donation is benefitting a wonderful breast cancer charity!

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And much thanks to our dear friend, Lynn Chorn of www.wherethewindsblow.comfor all of her very generous support and caring.