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Describes the pieces of equipment required to play Mahjong.    Mahjong can be played either with a set of Mahjong tiles, or a set of Mahjong playing cards (sometimes spelled ‘kards’ to distinguish them from the list of standard hands used in American mahjong). Playing cards are often used when travelling as it reduces space […]

There are many variations of the game of Mahjong. Here we give a very brief overview of the main variants currently in play across the world. The main varieties of Mahjong are as follows: Chinese Classical Mahjong – this is the oldest version of Mahjong, and was the version introduced to America in the 1920s […]

These are the steps for setting up a standard Hong Kong (or Singapore) Mahjong game board. Setting the Prevailing Wind and Game Wind To determine the Player Game Wind, each player throws three dice (two in some variants) and the player with the highest total is chosen as the dealer or the banker. The dealer’s […]

A brief summary of the history of the game of Mahjong.   Did Confucious Invent Mahjong? One of the myths regarding the origin of Mahjong suggests that Confucius, the great Chinese philosopher, developed the game about 500 BC. According to this myth, the appearance of the game in various Chinese provinces coincides with Confucius’ travels […]

An overview of Mahjong game rules and explanations of key terminology.   To start the game, depending on the version of Mahjong being played, each player is dealt either 13 or 16 tiles. A ‘turn’ in Mahjong involves a player drawing a tile from the wall (or draw pile) and then placing it in his […]

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