Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Rules are Rules and Welcome!

Before the rules, we want to give a big welcome to our new class of Mah Jongg students.
15 folks are ready to learn new strategies and improve their game in our spring class:  Guided Play.
We're so glad you're here.  Hopefully our blog will add additional information that will support your game.

Now to the rules.  Here's the nice thing about rules.  It standardizes the game.
You can go anywhere and play Mah Jongg and know that the rules are the same.


A friend that I learned Mah Jongg with told me yesterday that in her current game there is a woman who hates to pass!  So....after the first Charleston, she stops the passing.  EVERY GAME.

The other players hated it so much, that they made a 'table rule' that you could NEVER stop the passing.  (I don't think this is Kosher, BTW)

Then my friend gets a hand with 3 jokers and as the hand comes together in the first 2 passes, she has to start giving away needed tiles because she can't stop the passing.

If you want to stop the passing in every game, you can!  That is a rule.  You don't have to have a reason, or give one.  Nor should you.

But to make a rule that you can never stop the passing is more than a table rule, I think.

Table rules are about stakes and idiosyncrasies about your table and your game:  how much money are we playing for....do we want to double the amounts on the card.  Do we kick into the kitty after a wall game?  Are we playing with a bettor?  Do you have to announce 2 games ahead that you're quitting for the night?  Those are examples of 'table rules'

That's what we doctors love about the National Mah Jongg League Card.  All of the important rules are right there on the back of the card.  And for some folks who think you can use a joker in a pair!!  You can't.  Ever.  It's right there.  On the back of the card.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

From the Hudson Valley to the Mid West. Mah Jongg is everywhere!

Just found this article about the spread of our favorite game in the New Paltz area!

And another here about a game at an Embassy Suites in Ohio. 

We love to see more folks loving the challenge of this game.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Back to School

A new semester of Continuing Education begins in Lakeland next week and the Doctors are teaching a new class.  It's called:  American Mah  Jongg—Guided Play. This class will give students with some knowledge of Mah Jongg (or those who have taken our beginners class) a chance to play with instruction and supervision aimed at improving your game. In addition to reviewing rules and improving skills, you'll have a chance to become a more defensive player and learn new strategies.

You can download the brochure and view the course description under :  DO IT YOURSELF AND FUN AND GAMES hereRegister by Feb. 8th.  If it's late, give them a call at 914-245-1700.  They'll take late registrations.

Our class begins on the 16 of February:  Thursdays from 7:00 to 8:30.

Hope to see some of you there!