Monthly Archives: September 2015


Yesterday afternoon an article from the South China Morning Post appeared in my inbox as I was teaching a supervised play class – my students were asking about betting in Mah Jongg. I wonder if they knew the kind of money that can be involved! 

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Screen Shot 2015-09-20 at 11.39.04 AMAre you ever confused as to where and when the next tournament is being held? Would you like a schedule of Mah Jongg cruises? Have you been looking for a Mah Jongg blog or website to follow? Well, search no more…Fern Oliphant in Tampa, Florida  and Sheryl Perry in Bellmore, New York, have put together a comprehensive website and Facebook page – Destination Mah Jongg that pretty much says it all. Eight qualifier tournaments (along with all policies and rules plus you can actually register and pay right from this site), cruise information, and websites and blogs are all listed with the necessary links. As the website says, “A community for beginners and seasoned American Mah Jongg players, a destination to delight, engage and fill you with knowledge about the game you love to play – “

But the really big news about this website is that the series of 8 qualifier tournaments will lead up to the 1st Inaugural Mah Jongg World Championship in Las Vegas on July 22 – 24, 2016: “Mah Jongg, it’s not your grandmother’s game anymore. In a bold move, Destination Mah Jongg grabs this game by its tiles and offers the largest payday in American Mah Jongg tournament history and announces 2016 Mah Jongg World Championship to be hosted by Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.”

Here’s the official write-up: “Mah Jongg players rejoice and are dusting off their game tables. In the past few years there has been a huge resurgence in the game of Mah Jongg as well as interest for more tournaments. Today’s Mah Jongg play is a long way off from your Grandma’s game. Fern Oliphant from Tampa Florida and Sheryl Perry from 4 Winds Mah Jongg in New York have partnered together and have created Destination Mah Jongg and the Mah Jongg World Championship, soon to be a history making event and company. Destination Mah Jongg will be the host of high stakes Mah Jongg Tournaments around the country all leading up to the Mah Jongg World Championship where the best of the best will be invited to come and play. We proudly partnered Destination Mah Jongg with the Westgate, Las Vegas for the Championship to be held on July 22-24 2016.Destination Mah Jongg’s website ( an aggregator where you can find all things Mah Jongg. A community for beginners and seasoned Mah Jongg players, a destination to delight, engage and fill you with knowledge about the game we love to play. It is a source for Mah Jongg News, Tournaments and Cruises from around the country on an interactive map. It is a place to visit and find all your favorite FB pages and Mah Jongg Bloggers. In coming months, you will be able to find teachers around the country, events around the country, unique Mah Jongg sets and products. Destination Mah Jongg came from the love of the game. Luckily we sometimes get a chance just to do what we love.. We welcome all and hope you enjoy the site and our qualifiers as much as we enjoyed building it.”

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Well, this has absolutely nothing to do with Mah Jongg but it reminded me so much of Lizzie that I had to share it with you. I hope you laugh just as hard as I do every time I watch it…and if the video doesn’t show up on your phone or tablet, go here:

Puppy caught eating paper decides killing witness is the only way out.



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We can’t always trust the sets (or more probably, the seller) we see for sale on eBay but, sometimes we get lucky as in the lovely bone and bamboo set and box that Lee E found there…

Lee sent the following photos with this message: “Hi Ann, Last night my group played with one of the vintage sets I recently purchased on eBay; it’s bone and bamboo from the 1920’s.  I’ve attached a photo of the set, my friend Stacy, and her winning closed hand.” IMG_1259 IMG_1260 IMG_1261

Lee – thanks so much for sending this! And congratulations to Stacy for that wonderful winning hand!