About Mahjongg

Mahjongg is a fascinating game played with tiles. The game originated in China, dating back to the time of Confucius.
American Mahjongg is a variation of this ancient Chinese game. Mahjongg involves skill, strategy, and calculation, as well as a certain degree of luck. It’s a very enjoyable and highly addictive game. Your family and friends will be spellbound for hours of fun, excitement and stimulating challenge.

Mah Jongg is “in” and people are finding the game a challenging meeting of the minds.

Every great game has its own specialized vocabulary and American Mahjong is no exception. In fact, newcomers to the game can often be overwhelmed by the sheer number of names for hands, game variations and special situations during game play. But this only adds to the allure of the game and lends a sense of exclusivity to the experience.

Learning How To Play Mahjong

Our DVD featuring Susie is simple to understand. You watch it once, maybe a second time, and you are ready to sit down at the table and play. It covers everything from how to set up your pieces to how to play the game of Mah Jongg. And so much more!
You’ll never wonder if you are doing it wrong.
You’ll never be embarrassed by saying the wrong thing or making the wrong move.
You’ll understand strategy, which hand to play, and the American MahJong Rules.
So if you’ve been on the outside and want to learn how to play Mah Jongg but didn’t have a patient teacher, let Susie be your guide.
You’ll fall in love with her patient and clear teaching style an learn how to play American Mahjong with confidence.

Mahjong Rules

Before play can begin in American Mahjongg, the wall must be broken. In the classical version of Chinese Mahjongg this is a long, drawn out process but thankfully in the American variant this goes much quicker. The wall is made up of four sides with a total of thirty eight tiles in each: north, south, east and west. The player seated on the eastern side rolls a pair of dice and this determines whose wall will be broken and where. The player whose wall is chosen has to count the number rolled and break their wall at that point.

In American Mahjongg there is always an exchange at the beginning of the game of each player’s unwanted tiles. This is called the “Charleston.” This step is mandatory before the game can begin. This involves exchanging tiles with the other players in order to discard unwanted tiles, generally resulting in a much better selection of tiles for each player at the start of the game. A courtesy pass may also follow the first two Charleston’s if two players sitting across each other agree. There are also more tiles than the original version, usually 152 tiles as opposed to 136 in Chinese sets.