Mahjong Tales

If you’re reading this, we are fairly certain you are either a devoted player of the game or are Mahjong-curious. We invite guest writers to drop some knowledge on game strategy, mahjong history, tips and tricks with some funny anecdotes along the way.  Join us and dive in.  

Mahjong Joker Strategy

Presented by Debbie Barnett, Director of Administration at MahjCon Jokers oh jokers…   One might think there is no strategy when it comes to Jokers; if this is your thinking, read on. Jokers in mah jongg are much like wild cards when playing card games. In card games, you might be limited to the number of jokers you can add to a meld but in mah jongg, when using jokers in a pung, kong, or quint, there is no limit. When we begin to rack our dealt tiles, we are hoping to see 1, 2, or more of the 8 joker...

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Wisdom from our favorite Mahjong Man

Wisdom from our favorite Mahjong Man

Barney's evaluation of the 2022 NMJL card. “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.” Perhaps Margo Channing (played by Bette Davis) was on the card committee this year. Unquestionably the most interesting, and potentially challenging, card I have seen since I started to play 7 years ago.
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Read your opponent's mind (hand) and advanced joker strategy

The best players are laser-focused on their opponents' discards and exposures
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The game is in full swing...your brain should be firing on all cylinders

It's time to focus and think offensively and defensively
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Exercising self control at the beginning of the game...yes you can!

The dos and donts as you start to draw and discard
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Love it or hate it, you've gotta Charleston...and joker bait, it's a thing!

Tips for strengthening your hand and defensive passing in the Charleston
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