Mahjong is a tile-based game that usually requires 4 players. The history of mahjong is a little mysterious, but the oldest surviving tile sets are from the 1870s. The game came to America in the 1920s, and the first tile sets in the United States were sold by Abercrombie & Fitch. It's relatively easy to learn, but can seem confusing from the outside due to regional variations, scoring systems, and fast game play. Mahjong requires skill, strategy, calculation, and a little luck.


1. The object of mahjong

The object of a mahjong hand is to pick up, swap, and discard tiles until you get a winning hand, called mahjong. A legal winning hand must meet a specific set of requirements. The winner of each hand scores points based on the tiles used to form the winning hand. A match is made up of a set number of rounds, and the winner of the game is the person with the most points.

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