Monthly Archives: September 2015


My current class of Mah Jongg students is doing so very well and I am so proud of them. Here are some of their winning hands from their Monday afternoon class:

A nice Consecutive Run of 11 222 33J3 J44 55 plus a reminder from “teach” to put the Jokers in the middle of the exposure.

IMG_1024A nicely done 13579 hand of 11 3JJ 5555 777 99.IMG_1025However, it is important to remember that they are still learning the game…especially when this student declared a LIKE NUMBERS Mah Jongg with this hand of FF 66J6 (Dots) J8J8 (Bams) 999J (Bams). Okay, I understand why she thought she was doing the right thing – each exposure is definitely made up of like numbers…IMG_1026Another nice CONSECUTIVE RUN hand of 55 666 7777 8J8 99.
IMG_1028And last, a spectacular 2015 hand of FF 2015 1JJ1 5555 – congratulations to Peggy – I am SO proud of you – your hard work is definitely paying off!IMG_1027


A few days ago I was scrolling around on the Internet and came across this article from 2014 in an online newsletter ( that was about Mah Jongg “expanding to every corner of the world.” It sounded interesting to me so I started reading and guess what…I am quoted in several places throughout the article…who knew? Totally exciting! I must say that I got a kick out of the statement that Mah Jongg was invented in China “roughly two millennia ago.” Um…instead, how about that the game was invented in China maybe a little over two hundred years ago!!! 

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…is here. Watch – and enjoy – this gorgeous little angel as she identifies all the tiles. I fell off my chair laughing when she is corrected from saying “Bams” to the singular “Bam” and then she shrugs and says, “Whatever.” This beautiful future Mah Jongg player is the granddaughter of my wonderful friends, Laura and Howard. She is too fabulous!



Our friend Lee has come up with some fabulous Mah Jongg accessories and they are available in her Etsy store. With the holidays looming in front of us (Chanukah, Christmas, etc.), check out these darling gift items. BTW, these are the perfect hostess gifts for your Mah Jongg-playing friends!

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And Mah Jongg Guest Towels
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…from the most recent newsletter written by the wonderful Gladys Grad, the Grand Master of American Style Mah Jongg.

Q.  This dispute comes up in every tournament and at every game I play in….when replacing a joker in an exposure, do you have to say/announce that you are exchanging?  Marilyn

A.  Since most people don’t want you to touch their tiles or their rack,…when you go to exchange a symbol tile for an exposed Joker, the best way to do it is to ask for the exchange.  If you merely place your tile in front of their rack on the table, that is construed as discarding the tile. Don’texpect your opponents to know your intention.      In addition, as a strategy, do NOT announce that you are exchanging your own tile for your own Joker in your own exposure.  You don’t need to draw attention to the fact that you now have an additional Joker in your hand.

One of the rules I teach my Mah Jongg students is that you must never touch another player’s rack – I agree completely with Gladys’ answer on this question (although I always agree with her…she is the Grand Master after all!). When you want to exchange a tile for a Joker, hand it to that player and ask for the exchange. And Gladys has added an important strategy to the Joker exchange when she advises us to not announce you are exchanging your own tile for a Joker. I did it just yesterday – I exclaimed, “Oh, that’s lucky” as I exchanged a tile for an exposed Joker on my rack. Thanks to Gladys’ instruction, hopefully I won’t do that again!



And an easy fast…

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