IMG_1029Here’s another Q&A from the wonderful Gladys Grad, the Grand Master of American Style Mah Jongg, and the brains behind the website, MahJonggMadness.

Q. I played with new people yesterday at the community club house.  When they put up their exposures, they didn’t separate them, even when I asked them to.  I never played that way.  They said that’s how it’s done, and that’s how they do it!  They gave me the impression that if I didn’t like it – too bad. Mary M, FL

A.  Nice, huh?  That’s a rather clear (if bloodthirsty) way of telling you “it’s their way-or-the-highway.” By “packing the exposures” it’s a strategy to throw other players off.  Some will also put their jokers at the end of the individual exposure, so you won’t know which exposure it belongs to.  Nasty way of not giving you a “clue” about what they’re playing. We won’t condone this in tournament play….and I can almost guaranty that the NMJL won’t either.  Find a more sporting game.

I agree with Gladys although sometimes you have to decided if leaving your group is going to be worth it. Can you find another group? Can you just somehow ignore the problems that certain people cause? It may not always be so easy to find a new group.

When I am teaching Mah Jongg, I always instruct my students to a) put the Jokers in the middle of the exposure on their racks and b) separate out the exposures, including when you call for Mah Jongg. The above photo is from a hand by one of my beginning students who completely understands where to place her Jokers and how to display her winning Mah Jongg. I try to instill within my students the fact that Mah Jongg is a friendly game (at least it is under my roof!) and that the most important part of playing is to have fun! Do you agree?

7 thoughts on “WHAT DO YOU DO?

  1. Allison Wolfe

    It may not be a RULE of MJ, but it is certainly a courtesy to separate the exposures. People do get snippy about it, but I think it ruins the harmony (as Tom Sloper would say) of the game. The NMJL Card always shows spaces between exposures, so it seems like an unwritten rule to display spaces between exposure on one’s rack. And as we age, it’s hard enough for some to see across the table as it is!


  2. Sylvia

    Agree with Gladys 100%.

    Have a question When a tile is thrown and you need it, are you required to say “call” or can you just pick it up and add it to your exposure???


  3. Shirley Weissenfluh

    I think comon courtesy to say “Pick”, “Take” “Wait”, any way your group will show acknowledgement of picking up the tile for exposure.


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