Why don’t I win more often?

by Pam Max “The reason I’m taking your class is because I wonder why I don’t win at Mah Jongg more often!” Hi, I’m Pamela Max, and my passion has been playing Mah Jongg for 37 years. I have also enjoyed creating & running Mah Jongg fundraising tournaments for many years. My greatest joy has [...]

By | 2017-08-10T19:44:08+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Spotlight|Comments Off on Why don’t I win more often?

Tom Sloper Goes Over the 2017 Card

By Tom Sloper Copyrighted material. Reprinted with permission from the author. American Mah Jongg (2017 NMJL card). The 2017 card is with us! Let's go over it together, shall we? Just the hands that warrant discussion today. From top left... 2017 #2: The parenthetical says "2 or 3 Suits." Players often question how a three-color [...]

By | 2017-06-27T12:13:17+00:00 June 27th, 2017|Spotlight|Comments Off on Tom Sloper Goes Over the 2017 Card

Memories of Mah Jongg and Mothers

by Ann Israel My mother didn’t play Mah Jongg – she was a Canasta aficionada and loved the game. She played every Monday with her group of friends – for years and years - and sometimes on Fridays too. Now, many years after she is gone, I am carrying on a similar tradition but with [...]

By | 2017-04-23T20:21:33+00:00 April 23rd, 2017|Spotlight|0 Comments

Royale Siamese Mah Jongg (4-handed)

Royale Siamese Mah Jongg (4-handed) Reprinted with permission By Gladys Grad Click here to purchase Siamese racks. FOUR PLAYERS/2 SETS/TWO RACKS EACH. Two players face each other; and place 2 racks in front of each player. ("NOTE from Nat  "You might want to use slightly different colored tile sets, e.g., a white and a cream [...]

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by Ann Israel I have been playing Mah Jongg for a number of years now and, with each game I play, I learn something new. And perhaps that is why I started thinking about some of the reasons why I love Mah Jongg so very much. For me, the most wonderful part of this game [...]

By | 2017-01-21T15:34:45+00:00 December 13th, 2016|Spotlight|Comments Off on TOP TEN REASONS TO LOVE MAH JONGG!

Thanksgiving at Where The Winds Blow

Thanksgiving at Where The Winds Blow by Lynn Chorn This Thanksgiving is special at Where The Winds Blow. This is the first Thanksgiving without Harold Gluckman, whom we lost suddenly in July. Harold has been an integral part of daily life at Where The Winds Blow for the past two and a half years. He [...]

By | 2017-01-21T15:34:46+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|Spotlight|11 Comments

How To Run a Successful Tournament

By Gladys Grad of Mah Jongg Madness, who runs the largest tournaments in the US. Every year, thousands of people play in her tournaments. Tournaments are the natural evolutionary step in this game we love. They are smart, friendly, and fun. Who wouldn’t want to get a group of friends together for a day of [...]

By | 2017-01-21T15:34:47+00:00 October 11th, 2016|Spotlight|Comments Off on How To Run a Successful Tournament

Do You Need a Teacher to Learn Mah Jongg? -by Ann Israel

There are so many “how to” books on Mah Jongg out there - why bother paying to have someone teach you how to play when you can just look up all the rules in a book? I believe I have read all of those (or perhaps just about all of them!) books teaching you how [...]

By | 2017-01-21T15:34:47+00:00 August 29th, 2016|Spotlight|Comments Off on Do You Need a Teacher to Learn Mah Jongg? -by Ann Israel

The Unwritten Rules of Mah Jongg

by Kimberly Powell Courtesy. It’s not just the optional pass! We have all experienced times when: Playing at the table, the tiles are passed and received and then the play STALLS. Calling for a discarded tile, the caller starts counting and then recounting the tiles in their rack, but not making a move to pick [...]

By | 2017-01-21T15:34:47+00:00 July 8th, 2016|Spotlight|Comments Off on The Unwritten Rules of Mah Jongg