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  • To finish up the comments in response to the question asked on the posting https://mahjonggandme.com/2016/09/27/what-do-you-think-3/ , I received the following comments below from a few of the top Mah Jongg teachers in the country.  After looking at these comments and all of the responses from this initial comments posting – https://mahjonggandme.com/2016/10/17/heres-what-you-thought/ – I am afraid that the majority of people truly do believe that this person should not be allowed in this group any longer. What a sad and difficult situation.  screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-3-20-19-pm
  • Call her dead every time she has 14 tiles. She’ll figure out they are on to her after you’ve called her dead a few times..
  • Easy one. Make a rule, no touching the discarded tiles unless you’re calling it. Also, hands should be behind your rack unless you are drawing a tile. Explain that it makes it hard to keep track of discards when they get rearranged a lot. IF this is happening, she may have the beginnings of dementia, it’s a very abnormal behavior. I say IF because it’s an extremely obvious thing to do, and a player “noticing” it kind of makes me suspicious that maybe it’s not really happening she just suspects it. It’s pretty hard to palm a tile put it on your rack and slip another off.
  • I think it is very kind of you ladies to consider that it could be dementia, but I don’t think dementia usually involves intentional deception like this. Dementia could explain her inability to recall discards without touching tiles, but palming tiles??? I agree that calling her dead when she has 14 and establishing a table rule that hands must be behind racks are the best bet. Every time I hear these stories of people cheating at MJ, it really makes me shake my head. I wonder if maybe it is some sort of mental illness like kleptomania where they cheat simply for the thrill of getting away with cheating.


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Gail Friedlander’s beautiful Mah Jongg friend, Roz, then and now…

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 Last week I ran an article warning that Mah Jongg was bad for your health. The next day I was able to post an article refuting that theory. And now, just a few more reasons why you need to play Mah Jongg more often!

But first, enjoy this video by Rebecca Davis of a group of women who know the benefits of our beloved game and are playing in a Mah Jongg Marathon.

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I knew it was nonsense when I read the article about Mah Jongg causing epilepsy, etc. I believe Mah Jongg is nothing but good for you – for socialization, brain power, and memory, at the very least. And then I found the following article supporting my beliefs – so, play to your heart’s content – doctor’s orders!!!

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 Happy and healthy Mah Jongg players (unknown location but it sure looks as if they are having a great time!).

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