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A Mah Jongg L’Shana Tova – 5779!

Wishing all of you a happy, healthy, and sweet New Year!  May 5779 bring you lots of Jokers!

WHEN ARE JOKERS VIABLE IN A DEAD HAND?

I know this question comes up frequently and is one of those issues that causes much discussion. Well, leave it to the Grand Master of American-style Mah Jongg, the wonderful Gladys Grad, to provide us with a definitive answer!

Q. 
The hand in question is: 22 44 666 888 DDDD

A player had 4 RED Dragons already exposed on her rack from a previous call for one of the Red Dragons.  She declared Mah Jongg and picked up a 6 Bam and added 2 Jokers with it on her rack.  Then she proceeded to expose the rest of the Mah Jongg hand. She put three 8 Bams on the rack and then two 2 Craks and two 4 Craks.  Of course the hand was dead as she needed two 2 DOTS & two 4 DOTS because the hand calls for 3 suits. Now another player says that since she exposed the 6 Bams first with the 2 jokers, that that part of the hand was still available for exchanging the joker.  Was the Joker in the 6 Bam exposure still viable?  VS, CA

A. No, that Joker was NOT viable.  If it had been a Joker in the previously exposed Red Dragons, then it could be exchanged.  But the 6 Bam exposure made with Jokers was still part of the current turn that resulted in it being declared a dead hand.  

I hope this will help those of you who are still not sure when a Joker is still viable in a dead hand. Send me some of your situations with dead hands and Jokers and I will post them on a future blog. 

WE LOVE SIAMESE MAH JONGG…AND GLADYS GRAD!

So many of us are now playing Gladys Grad’s Siamese Mah Jongg that it really was only a matter of time before Gladys created a special card for the game. As Gladys says, “Siamese was originally created to be played with the NMJL card.” But, as more and more people became interested in this new version of the game, a new card needed to be designed “specifically for the new strategies and excitement of Siamese Mah Jongg…with extra challenges included for 3 & 4-handed Royale Siamese.”

So, leave it to Gladys to create this card and make it available at a very inexpensive price to add to our Mah Jongg pleasure. The card is the same format that we are used to with rules and how-to play on the back of the triptych card. Once again, Gladys rules! Order some cards for your group and get into the newest form of Mah Jongg that we are all playing and loving!

MAH JONGG FUN IN THE SUN!

Eventually the sun is going to come out this summer and the temperature will rise. When this happens, how about some Mah Jongg in the coolest possible place during the hot summer months? It would seem that people have been beating the heat while playing their favorite game in the water for quite a while. Here are some photos of Mah Jongg players trying to keep their cool – physically and mentally!And just in case you would like to enjoy your summer games in this very same way, there is a company in China by the name of DHgate that will ship a floating Mah Jongg table with chairs to you for $132.84  with free shipping – and I think that is a pretty fair price to be able to play our favorite game in the cool of a pool or lake! If any of you have one of these floating tables, take some photos and send them to me so I can show it to everyone in a future posting.

MY NEWEST ACQUISITION…

I am so excited about my newest toy – a phone popup stand with a Mah Jongg design. I have seen so many people with these stands on the back of their phones but didn’t want to put something plain on my Mah Jongg iPhone case. Last week I was browsing gifts at my favorite Mah Jongg online store, Where the Winds Blow, and sure enough, there was a Mah Jongg popup phone stand, which I immediately ordered.  And yesterday it arrived and immediately was attached to my iPhone…LOVE IT!!!

ANOTHER MAH JONGG MYSTERY SOLVED!

A few days ago I published a posting about the history of Jokers found in our Mah Jongg sets. I noted that I did not know who had originally written the article but asked the readers of this blog to let me know if they had any idea. Well, two of the mavens of the game, Tony and Annelise, both contacted me and told me that the article had come from none other than our dear friend, Tom Sloper. You can see the original article From Tom’s Sloper on Mah-Jongg, written on February 26th, 2012, column #509. Yet another mystery solved thanks to two really wonderful friends in our fabulous Mah Jongg community.