What is Maj Jongg?
Mah Jongg is enjoying a resurgence in popularity, with millions of dedicated players around the world and a variety of Internet and computer versions. A very small amount of time and effort is required to master [become familiar with] the elementary principles of the game.Your patience in mastering the fine points of Mah Jongg will be repaid many times by the keen enjoyment invariably derived from this game.
Mah Jongg (or "Maajh", as it is usually called) is a fascinating rummy-like game played with tiles rather than cards. The game originated in China, dating back to the time of Confucius. It was originally played solely by the ruling classes; the Mandarins refused to permit other inhabitants of the country to enjoy the pleasure of this aristocratic pastime. The introduction of Ma Cheuck, the game of the Sparrows, to all classes was met with instant popularity. To this day, Mah Jongg remains the most popular game in the Orient. Interestingly, the rules in North China differ from those in South China.
There are several versions of Maajh, but each fall under two broad categories: American Mah Jongg and Chinese Mah Jongg. We will be following the rules for American Jongg. The American Maajh differs from International Maajh in several ways:
It uses a card of Standard Hands, against which all games are played; these cards are changed annually. It uses more tiles, notably the Joker. The game is started with "Charleston", or the passing of 3 unwanted tiles from one player to another. It uses Jokers to complete quints and sextets in several combinations of hands.
Opportunity to Play and Make New Friends
For beginners the Alexandria Fun with Friends group will have an introductory session starting followed by games for more experienced players. If you have your own set and cards please bring them so we can have several tables going. If you want to bring other games as well, please do so. Come enjoy the company,food and learn the game of Mah Jong.
This month they'll be playing at the Embassy Suites at King St. Metro in Old Town Alexandria. King Street Metro offers parking. Meters are free after 6:30 pm. There is an underground parking garage at the Embassy Suites. Parking is $6 after 5 pm. For dates and to RSVP check here.
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