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By Elaine Sandberg

August 22, 2010 | 2:47 pm

EXPOSURES TELL ALL!!!
                         
Don’t Be a Tale-Teller.
                       
A vital part of defensive playing is for you to determine what... read on

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    By Elaine Sandberg

    August 15, 2010 | 2:30 pm

    “TABLE”  RULES

    Mostly Benign but Watch Out!

    When Mah Jongg was introduced from China to the US in the ‘20s, the game was basically a simplified version of Chinese Mah Jongg. Different regions of China had different versions —Northern Chinese vs. Southern Chinese vs. Hong... read on

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    By Elaine Sandberg

    August 8, 2010 | 11:03 am

                                                A JUDGMENT CALL

    GO JOKERLESS OR NOT?

    The other day I was playing in a game and after the one of the hands was over, one of the players confessed that she was faced with a dilemma. A somewhat robust discussion followed... read on

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    By Elaine Sandberg

    August 1, 2010 | 7:30 pm

                                                THE JOKER PHENOMENON

    “A Joker! A Joker! My Kingdom for a Joker! If I only had a Joker,”—- a plea we have all made and heard. You probably wouldn’t give your “kingdom” for a Joker, but Jokers are pretty... read on

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  • The Exposure and The Card It’s Like Love and Marriage

    By Elaine Sandberg

    July 27, 2010 | 1:36 pm

    They go together— you can’t have one without the other.  At least you can’t make an Exposure unless you know the card and you can’t know what information the Exposure reveals unless you know the card.  So it sounds like the card, or more specifically, the hands on the card, ... read on

  • LUCK VS SKILL

    By Elaine Sandberg

    July 19, 2010 | 2:20 pm

                                                          LUCK VS SKILL

    The references to Luck abound in our idiomatic language—Lucky Louie, the Luck of the Irish, Lady Luck, he/she’s got all the Luck, Lucky in Love, etc., etc., etc.

    What is Luck? ... read on

  • AMERICAN MAH JONGG BLOG Defense! Defense! Defense!

    By Elaine Sandberg

    July 12, 2010 | 11:37 pm

    There’s a joke that goes a teacher asks a student to make a sentence using the words “defense” and cultivate”.  Being a novice English-speaker, the student thinks awhile and finally says, “I climbed over de fence because it got too cold to vait”

    In Mah Jongg, “de... read on

  • Decisions, Decisions!  How to Find a Hand

    By Elaine Sandberg

    July 5, 2010 | 12:17 pm

    This article will deal with the “trauma” of finding a hand—a distressing and frustrating part of the game for many beginning players and sometimes even for more experienced players, as well.

    In front of you are thirteen assorted tiles of different numbers, Suits, sometimes... read on

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