Recently I received a message from Valerie in upstate New York. I responded to her question by telling her that I didn’t think it would be a problem…but then I decided I would let all of you chime in. Please let me know your thoughts…

Hi Ann ~ I enjoy your blog and wonder how you keep up with it!  I have a question about marking my card.  When I first learned to play, I marked my card up a Lot.  Stars, highlights, underlines, notes… I still find those annotations useful.  When I play with my local friends we have a very relaxed atmosphere and no one cares what my card looks like, but I’m wondering if my card would raise eyebrows at tournament play.  What do you think?
Valerie, upstate NY

12 thoughts on “ANY COMMENTS?

  1. Stephanie

    I, too, would like to know everyone’s thoughts. I haven’t been to a tournament yet, but I plan to soon!


  2. Stuart Wilber

    I wouldn’t think there would be a problem UNLESS she marked the card while play was in progress. I highlight Closed Hands at the beginning of the season (I still manage to expose at least one at the beginning of the playing year) and I mark hands as I make them so I can see how many I have made. I have used that card in tournaments and no one has ever commented.about it.


  3. Phyllis

    I see no problem with you marking your card. Players especially at a tournament should be watching the tiles on the table, not looking elsewhere.


  4. Judy Serrapica

    I only mark my card for hands I make but I keep two. One for home (marked) and one for tournament (unmarked). It’s no ones business what hands I’ve made or not. Just my personal preference


    1. arlene herman

      the card is yours and you can do what you want with it, some tournaments require that you play with a card on the table


  5. Mah Jongg and Me Post author

    Frankly, even most seasoned players mark their card when they complete a hand. I do not see any problem in a tournament or elsewhere playing with a card that has been marked!


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