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 Jongg 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.
Groups meet regularly to play using the National Mah Jongg League, Inc. rules. Groups usually start at 10 am and play for several hours, taking a lunch break (BYO sack lunch). Play may rotate among player's homes or may be at a fixed location. Once you have joined, you will need to purchase your own card from the National Mah Jongg League.
The North End First Thursday group meets at the leader's home and is at capacity.
The North End Third Thursday group meets at Third Place Books and is open.
The Seattle group is on hiatus for the summer. However, some group members are playing online weekly. Please contact the group leader if you're interested in playing. The group usually meets on first and third Fridays and is open.
Don't know how to play? We have experienced players who are willing to teach you. Check the newsletter for the contact information.
Please check the newsletter for contact information if you'd like to be added to a wait list.