Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Is it a League or an Association?

The National Mah Jongg League  has been in existence for more than 70 years and now has more than 350,000 members.

They:
  • set the official rules for the American version of the game 
  • publish the card each year that contains the standard hands for each year
  • settle disputes about the rules of the game
  • sell mah jongg merchandise 
  • replace missing tiles to match your set


The new card will arrive about April 1, 2012 this coming year.  This is an event that the Drs. anxiously await each year!  A new card!  New hands!  How exciting!


But did you know that there is also and American Mah Jongg Association.

They:
  • sponsor tournaments and events
  • sell mah jongg related items
  • maintain a mailing list regarding their events

This is the group that sponsored the first  North American Tournament of Mah-Jongg.  

The winners are posted on the website here.  Prize money ranged from $75 (for 12th)  to $2500 (for 1st)
Congrats to all of the winners!  Especially to Kate Forest.  I spoke with Kate during the games and found it was her FIRST tournament. Nice job, Kate!




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