september 2021

27sep7:30 pmMah Jongg Mondays September 13, 20 & 27

Event Details

Monday, September 13, 20 & 27  7:30 PM

How to Play American Mahjong

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Never played?  No problem!  Come, learn and have fun.

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING GAME!

If you have your own tiles, please email us and let us know at recreation@highlandsborough.org.

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Mahjong is a game of both skill and luck that originated in China many centuries ago and was brought to the West in the 1920’s with the publication of Joseph Park Babcock’s “Rules of Mah-Jongg.” American mahjong (also sometimes spelled “Mah Jongg” or called “Maajh“) is unique from Asian mahjong in several ways. American mahjong utilizes racks, jokers, “Hands and Rules” score cards and has several distinct gameplay mechanics. Although an American mahjong set can be used to play Chinese Mahjong, the rules that follow are for the American game.

Mahjong is always played with four players seated around a table. Tiles are shuffled, die are cast, and rituals involving the allocation of tiles and then the exchange of tiles begin. The first person to match a hand of 14 tiles and thus “call mahjong” ends the game, whereupon tiles are scored and a winner is declared.

The excitement of mahjong lies in the decisions that you will constantly have to make. Is it preferable to discard a tile and thus gain an advantage, or would it be more prudent to stay with a decent hand? There is the exhilaration of winning a hand as well as regret at not having been bold enough to have made a different choice. Like poker, you will learn a lot about your opponents as you play mahjong and adjust your strategy according to their strengths and weaknesses.

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Time

(Monday) 7:30 pm

Location

Highlands Community Center

22 Snug Harbor Avenue

Location

Borough of Highlands
Administrative Offices

42 Shore Drive, Highlands, NJ 07732
Phone:  732-872-1224
Fax:  732-872-0670

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