Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A gem of a tournament in East Meadow, Long Island

We traveled to East Meadow early Sunday morning to participate in a "new to us" tournament.

What a find! Gail organizes this tournament as a fund raiser for her synagogue and does a lovely job.
This particular one was the biggest she has run as news of this lovely tournament is spreading.

Everything went smoothly. The day started with a continental breakfast.
Then we played four rounds. We broke for lunch which on this day was a barbecue. Four more rounds after lunch with a short break for coffee and cookies.

By 5 PM the tournament was over and prizes were being awarded. Gail gives many prizes during the tournament, also.  Even one for the first person to make Mah Jongg on the last tile.  NOT the last tile in the wall, but the player's last pick in the game.  Fun!

We had a great time. The mah-jongg world gets smaller and smaller. The more tournaments we attend, the more people we  recognize.  We feel like we're on the 'mah jongg circuit'!

So at this tournament, Susan made two hands she has not yet made on this year's card:

222 888 DDDD DDDD
FF 11 22 11 22 11 22
(Yes, I'm keeping track this year of each time I make a new hand.)

And Barbara made this hand jokerless..and she picked it herself!

1111 22 22 22 3333

Gail  runs a tournament every month. For details you can email her at cowlover51@optonline.net or read our last post to see the upcoming schedule for the year.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

We Love Tournaments!

We mentioned that we discovered some new tournaments from friends at the Piscataway tournament last weekend.

Gail from East Meadow in Long Island sponsors a one day tournament almost every month to benefit Temple Emanu-el.  You can participate by sending a check payable to Temple Emanu-el in the amount of $45 to: Temple Emanu-el,  123 Merrick Ave, East Meadow, NY 11554.  Attn: Gail

Here is the schedule for the next year:

September 21, 2014
October 26, 2014
November 16, 2014
December 21, 2014
January 11, 2015
March 15, 2015
April 12, 2015
May 17, 2015
June 14, 2015
August 2, 2015

You can reach Gail for details at: cowlover51@optonline.net  or  (516) 221-4802 if you have any questions.

We'll be at the Sept. 21st event.  Hope to see some of you there, too!

~Susan and Barbara

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ALMOST a Mah Jong doesn't count!

Here's another interesting situation that occurred to me in a recent game.

I ended the passing like this:

 What a beautiful start to this hand:  
3333 44 44 44 5555
I do need a few more jokers or 3 and 5 dots....but the pairs are all there!

Then, after just a few rounds of play, I start picking 3's and I have this!

Now it looks better for this hand, because I'm still quite short on 3 and 5 dots.
33 44 333 444 5555

And finally I am 'set'!  The hand has come in beautifully!  I just need someone to throw a 3 BAM.

 BUT.....someone declares Mah Jongg before me and the game is over.  

It happens.  You think you're on the brink of winning.  There are many tiles yet to play....but who knows how far down the wall that 3 BAM resides!