- Each game is played in conjunction with National Mah Jongg League Rules. Four games constitute one round.
- You are allotted fifty minutes to complete one round of four games. If the fourth game is not completed within the designated time, each player receives a zero for the fourth game.
- The first Charleston is required; the second Charleston is optional. An optional "across" of one, two, or three tiles is allowed after the final Charleston.
- If you steal a tile you may not look at it. If you look at it, you will be penalized ten points at the end of that game.
- Please, no picking ahead! Player picks before discarding. You will be declared “Dead” for picking ahead.
- Please pay attention - do not go out of turn or you will be declared "dead".
- Player may call last discarded tile for Mah Jongg or an exposure if the next pick has not been "racked". Once the next pick is "racked" the discarded tile is no longer in play.
- When calling a tile we suggest you place it on top of our rack, not in your rack. When calling for an exposure and calling for Mah Jongg.
- When declaring Mah Jongg, the hand must be displayed as it appears on the National Mah Jongg League Card.
- If a player who has been playing an exposed hand calls Mah Jongg or exposes in error, any exposure made before the error stay exposed and the Jokers are still in play.
- If a concealed hand is incorrectly exposed for Mah Jongg the hand is "dead" and tiles must be returned to rack. A “dead” hand gets a score of zero for that game. Player with "dead" hand does not pick or discard.
- If you think a hand is "dead," declare it "dead". However, if you declare a hand "dead" in error, then your hand is "dead." A “dead” hand gets a score of zero for that game. Player with "dead" hand does not pick or discard.
- If Mah Jongg is called, please do not display your hand until the Mah Jongg is verified!
- If Mah Jongg is called in error and two or more hands are intact, game continues.
- Scoring for each hand is the same as on the Official Standard Hands and Rules card of the
National Mah Jongg League.
- BONUS: Add 10 points to the score when a player picks their own Mah Jongg tile.
- BONUS: Add 20 points to the score when a player declares Mah Jongg with no Jokers in the hand. (Exception: There is no bonus given on any of the hands listed under the "Singles & Pairs".)
- Add 10 points to each player's score for a "Wall" game.
- If a game is not completed within designated time, each player receives zero.
- If a player is "dead," that player does not get ten points even if it is a "Wall" game.
- PENALTY: Minus 10 points to the player who throws the winning tile to a player with none or one exposure on their rack.
- PENALTY: Minus 20 points to the player who throws the winning tile to a player with two or more exposures on their rack.
- In the event of a Wall Game player with a "dead" hand gets zero.
- If Mah Jongg is called in error and all three players expose their hands, then all get four players get zero.
- If Mah Jongg is called in error and one or two players expose their hands, they get zero and the remaining player gets 10 points.
- When scoring a "zero", please mark your score card with an "X". This will be clearer for all players. Each player is responsible for their own personal score card.
EAST IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE TABLE SCORE CARD:
- At the end of the round, East will verify West's score - and vice versa.
- At the end of the round, North will verify South's score - and vice versa.
- At the end of each round, East will take the table score card to the scorekeeper.
- Score cards that are not initialed by each player are considered incomplete and will not be accepted.
- Each player must retain their personal score card throughout the day. This way you will be able to verify your score with the scorekeepers records.
- Please note! Game-scoring is done by computer. Any error on the scores that are turned in to the
scorekeeper will reflect on the final score!
- We all know how to play Mah Jongg by the rules.
However, should a dispute arise please call one of the tournament directors to your table to arbitrate.
In the event of a dispute, the tournament director's ruling is final. No kvetching!
- In the event of a tie, at any level, the prize will be divided equally.
Once you are done with your round, please keep your voices down - others may have not finished yet!
You do not need to print this page -
a copy of the rules will be provided for each player!