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Rating: 6.9 Good
Players: 3-4 players
Playing time: 120 minutes

Created by: (Uncredited), Barbro Hennius

Published by: (Public Domain), (Unknown), A. D. Richter & Cie.

Alternate Names: Chinese Mah Jong Game, A Complete Set of 144 Mah-Jongg Cards, Electrical Mah Jong, Hello Kitty Mahjong, Impérial-Baby


Mah-Jongg (chin. 麻將/麻将 Májiàng [game of the] sparrow) is a traditional Chinese game using illustrated tiles, with game play similarities to rummy. It is a popular gambling game, but wagering real stakes is by no means necessary to have fun playing.

The tiles consist of three suits numbering 1-9 (Dots, Numbers or Characters, and Bamboo, the "Ace" of which almost always looks like a bird), three different dragons (Red, Green, and White, and the four winds (east, south, west, and north).

There are four copies of each tile. This totals to 136 tiles. In addition, special Flower, Season, and Joker (American version) tiles may also be used.

Four players take turns drawing from a stock (the wall), or from the other players' discards, in an attempt to form sets of numeric sequences (e.g., 5-6-7 of the same suit, which can only be drawn from the player at one's left, by calling "Chow"), triplets and quadruplets (which can be drawn from the discards out-of-turn by calling "Pung"), pairs, and other patterns.

"Pung" takes precedence over "Chow", and "Mah Jongg" takes precedence over all (and is the only situation one may draw "Chow" out-of-turn). What happens if a single discard would give two (or more!) players "Mah Jongg"? Precedence goes to the player who would play next in normal sequence.

Originating in China in the mid-19th century, it was introduced to the U.S. in the 1920s. It is now played in different forms throughout Asia, Europe, North America, Australia, and New Zealand.

Although the rules for game play are fairly constant, there are an immense variety of scoring schemes. A few general categories of rule-sets include: Chinese Classical, Hong Kong Old Style, Japanese, Taiwanese, Western, and American.

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The Tiles

Three Suits


4x sets numbering 1-9

#1 looks like a bird

4x sets numbering 1-9


4x sets numbering 1-9

Minor Tiles

Numbers 2-8 of any suit. They are the least valuable of the tiles.

Major Tiles

Number 1 and 9 of any suit.

A set of Major tiles scores twice the points of an equivalent set of Minor tiles.

Two Honours


4x Red, 4x Green, 4x White. White Dragons are often blank. A set of Dragons always doubles the score. …

For 2 Players

The game is played as normal except that:

  • The players choose to be East or West Wind

  • No Chows are allowed (no Chow points or bonuses can be used)

  • No player can go Mahjong until their hand contains 4 pairs or can reach 500 points

  • East Wind doesn't pay/receive double their Mahjong score

For 3 Players

The game is played as normal except that:

  • The players choose from three Winds, which must include East

  • No Chows are allowed (no Chow points or bonuses can be used) …

Balls - Thirty-six suit tiles with pictures of Balls numbering 1-9.

Bamboo - Thirty-six suit tiles with pictures of Bamboo sticks numbering 1-9. The 1 of Bamboo tile is depicted with a bird instead of a Bamboo stick.

Bonus tile - The category of tiles composed of Flowers and Seasons.

Chow - A set that follows a run from the same suit numbering 1-9.

Concealed - A set which is kept hidden in the players hand because it has been created as a result a player drawing the tile from the Wall. …

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