Majong, or Mahjong, is a game that took its roots in China and has since, seen many variations of the way the game is played. Traditionally, the game was played with tiles and was used as a form of gambling. The latter was especially true in certain parts of Asia. The game was also played with four players and the most traditional forms of Majong still only includes a group of four. Korea has a version of the game that includes only three people, and Japan and Malaysia also play Majong in that form. However, this is usually specifically referred to as “three-man Majong.”
How Majong is Played
The game begins by players being dealt thirteen or sixteen tiles, depending on which version of the game is being played. During their turn, players draw one tile and discard another, in the hopes to make four of five melds, which are matches. The matches are made by pairing the same characters that are found on the tiles.
The characters on Majong tiles are of bamboo, circle, character, and wind. These four images make up the different Majong suits and it is these suits that players are trying to match. In total, there are 144 Majong tiles in play during a game and each suit contains 36 tiles.
What is Needed
Majong truly is a game where practice makes perfect. It’s a game that involves a great deal of strategy, some calculating, and a little bit of know-how. Many still think that a good game of Majong always involves gambling but many forms use fake forms of currency instead of real money.
But you don’t need to go to China to play a good game of Majong. Many gaming websites offer different forms and variations of Majong today. So there’s always somewhere that you can take in a quick game, and improve your skill!