I've been in Atlantic City for 3 days at the Four Seasons Mah Jongg Tournament. Joanne Bourne runs an excellent tournament. It's well organized and the rules are clearly defined.
12 rounds (48 games) and a chance to come out on top for the prize of $1000.
Here's how it starts:
I sit down in the first round and make the first Mah Jongg. Just a 25 point hand, but I picked it myself, (an extra 10 points.) Hey.... I'm off to a good start. Then I come within 1 tile of a quints hand but don't make it, there's a wall game (we all get 10 points) and again...almost a quint hand for me, but someone else makes a hand first. The round is over and I've got 45 points.
Round two. Can't get a joker to save my life.
So, I finally make a pairs hand: FF NN EW SS 11 22 33
I get 10 points extra because it's jokerless....so now I have 60 to add to my 45: 105
Round three: No mah jonggs for me. A wall game. +10 And I throw Mah Jongg to an exposed hand. -10. I end the round with 0 and 105 for the evening.
At this point I'm not really in the running any longer. The top score for the first night is somewhere above 300.
But win or lose, I'm here to play fast, fun Mah Jongg and that's what I do. I love this game and this is where I can get lots of it! Today is the last day and there are 3 more rounds. I'll be bold. Play some outrageous hands if I can. Maybe I'll try FF 2011 2011 2011!
At the last tournament I made: FFFF 3333 5555 15 for the very first time! I love making a hand I've never done before!
And I'll continue to have fun! What could be better than four days in Atlantic city. Even though the tournament is over today at 1PM, I'm staying until tomorrow. There are casinos here, too, you know!
It's a great experience. I meet folks from all over. We chat over lunch. They've come from 7 different states, as far away as California, and range in age from 44 to 92. There is even 1 man. Someday, more men will realize what a great game this is!