Monthly Archives: November 2016


It’s been a while since I posted the Q&A from our dear friend Gladys Grad’s Mah Jongg Madness newsletter. Here are some questions (and answers from Gladys), which are frequently asked by Mah Jongg students and experienced players alike.screen-shot-2016-11-17-at-11-42-05-amscreen-shot-2016-11-17-at-11-42-35-am


Alex Chang has created the perfect holiday gift for all of your favorite Mah Jongg players. It’s a Holiday Mahjong set and you can find it on Etsy at , But hurry if you are interested in buying this for your favorite Mah Jongger…this is a limited edition set.




If you are starting to get tired of the NMJL’s 2016 card, and can hardly wait for the 2017 card to be delivered some time at the end of March or beginning of April, here’s some good news to tide you over…The Next Generation League’s Alternative Mah Jongg Card for 2017 has arrived!screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-10-10-37-pmscreen-shot-2016-11-11-at-10-05-21-pmscreen-shot-2016-11-11-at-10-08-44-pm


A while ago I wrote a posting about the new venue for the Dragons on the Green tournament  to be held on December 17th at the new Bryan Glazer Family JCC in Tampa. For those of you lucky enough to live in or around the Tampa area, here is the registration form. Judy and Bonnie hold such fun tournaments – if you are in the area, be sure to sign up for this great event! Any questions? Email Bonnie at or Judy at HayJude1959@gmail.comscreen-shot-2016-11-06-at-6-35-56-pmscreen-shot-2016-11-06-at-6-36-18-pm

And, don’t forget that today is Veteran’s Day – take a moment to remember all those that have risked or given their lives for our great country.


Although I’ve seen more comfortable seats, here is a picture of an actual Chinese Mah Jongg table and stools sent to us by our dear friend Peggy; the photos were taken during her recent trip to China. This outdoor Mah Jongg table was found in the Grand Mosque in Xian, China. img_1179And, while in Shanghai, Peggy was able to watch an actual game in progress.img_1237Sounds as if Peggy had a great time on her trip to China – can’t wait to get all the details and hopefully some more photos to share with you.


screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-2-36-50-pmI recently received a question from our dear friend Joy H regarding Atomic hands in a Mah Jongg game. For those of you who do not know about Atomic Mah Jongg, I wrote about it several years ago in a previous blog posting. Since that posting the OM’s (my Wednesday Mah Jongg group) have amended the rules to say no Flowers as well as no Jokers are allowed. Here is Joy’s question:

Hi Ann – Our group has started playing Atomic hands when possible and now we are wondering if you could answer a couple of questions.

I read your posts about going ‘Atomic’ and understand that since it is not recognized by the NMJL, table rules must therefore be applied.  We would like to follow your table rules, although we don’t play for money.

 I’m assuming that your group declares when one is going ‘Atomic’, due to the fact that there is no line on the card.  Is that correct?

 Also why does your group follow a rule that if you pick a Flower or Joker you must change your hand?  

 I can’t understand this one but another in our group does not think 4 of a kind makes two pair, so I’m also assuming that is another table rule you have implemented.

 So many questions… so many rules ….. so much FUN!

 Think of you often, my friend,



My response to Joy was as follows: 

Flowers and Jokers disqualify your hand for Atomic simply because there are so many of each and it is too easy to get pairs of them. That would give Atomic hands an unfair advantage so we say that if you pick a Flower or Joker then you are no longer Atomic (and hopefully you have a backup hand). This is not just a table rule for our group – this seems to be the standard accepted rule for Atomic hands. Also, you must declare yourself Atomic BEFORE the Charleston so that no one is allowed to pass you a Flower. And yes, with an Atomic hand, 4 of a kind is considered two pairs. Having said all of this I must also tell you that I do not “approve” of Atomic game play. It changes the nature of the game and I totally understand why it is not sanctioned by the NMJL. I only mention it briefly when teaching Mah Jongg and make it clear that I don’t like it. I personally do not play Atomic hands – I prefer to stay with the NMJL accepted hands on the card…but, that’s me. I would love to hear your thoughts on this game-changing hand. Let me know what you think!