Scroll down and you will find more questions from Gladys Grad‘s May newsletter.
Once you have read the questions then I have a question for you: what is the difference
between your mahj bag and your pocket?
Please send me your thoughts! I can’t wait to hear what you have to say about this…
Q. What is your opinion about throwing into a 3rd exposure, giving a person Mah Jongg(or an obvious quint hand); and then instead of paying from your mahj bag, you have to pay out of your pocket instead? Lynn H, NY
A. This is a situation that occurs only in a social game (not in a tournament), and is the result of a “table-rule or house-rule.” If everyone in your game agrees to the “rule” then you’ve agreed to abide by it. This “rule” is actually utilized by a lot of players; and they usually pay out-of-pocket for the penalty.
WE KEEP RECEIVING VARIATIONS OF THIS QUESTION. IT’S WORTH REPEATING –
Q. Okay, I understand everyone loves this game, but what’s with all the competition? We
just like to play and socialize. Who needs all the stress of winning all the time and paying
money? Katherine B, OK
A. Congratulations on learning and enjoying the wonderful game of Mah Jongg. There are
players out there who feel the same as you . However, you may be missing out on the
additional fun of friendly competition, (which encourages you to strive to improve
your knowledge of the game, enhance your skills….and to aim for the goal of achieving your
own “personal best”).
The National Mah Jongg League (NMJL) recognizes the importance of competition, which is
made evident by the values they assign to the hands on the annual card. When you play just to
socialize, why even try for the more challenging hands; why even try to improve your game?
“Your game never gets better until you become a better player; and you never get any better
until you challenge yourself to play a better game.”
My brother the golfer, says,
“You may as well go on the golf course and never aim for the hole!”
Once again, much thanks to Gladys Grad, the Grand Master of American Style Mah Jongg