I received a message from Suzie from the 4 Winds MahJongg League. She chimed in on the NMJL’s controversial ruling:
It has always been my understanding that the next person in line gets the tile, EXCEPT……..if the other person is calling the tile for Mahjongg. Then they are entitled to that tile. I teach it that way and we play it that way. I would recommend that you not be so quick to expose your tiles…once exposed and if you are incorrect as in this case, not being entitled to the tile….you are “dead” and out of the game….
Certainly a good idea to not be so quick to expose your tiles – not only to prevent being incorrect but also to play politely and in the friendly manner we all strive to attain. It’s a game!
Let’s remember…this is just a game and no matter what, we must have fun while we play.