Mah Jongg is a game of skill, strategy, and a little bit of luck never hurts. Similar to rummy, this game is played with tiles and is based on Mah Jong game created in China around 500 BC. The American version is a simplified version of the original and was developed in the 1920s. The National Mah Jongg League was formed in the 1930s in New York City to standardize the rules, and determine which hands constitute a winning hand. Every year, a new card lists the winning hands.
Typically, Mah Jongg is played with 4 players, but can also be adapted for 3 players per table. The tiles are shuffled and each player receives tiles. Throughout the game, as players either draw tiles from the "deck" or retrieve discards from other players, every player attempts to be the first player to build a winning hand. Some games end without a winner declared.
Two groups meet twice a month to play using the National Mah Jongg League, Inc. rules. Both groups start at 10 am and play for several hours, taking a lunch break (BYO sack lunch). The location is rotated among player's homes. Once you have joined, you will need to purchase your own card from the National Mah Jongg League.
The Seattle group meets twice a month on the first and third Fridays.
The North End group is at capacity. The group meets the first and third Thursdays of the month. First Thursday at the leader's home and third Thursday at Third Place Books. Please check the newsletter for contact information if you'd like to be added to a wait list.
Don't know how to play? We have experienced players who are willing to teach you. Check the newsletter for the contact information.