Two Unusual Maj Situations – Is it Allowed and How Would You Handle This?

Two Unusual Maj Situations – Is it Allowed and How Would You Handle This?

Two Unusual Maj Situations – Is it Allowed and How Would You Handle This?

I find it fascinating when situations come up in Mah Jongg that stump even the most experienced players. One of those strange incidents happened the other day in my game; the other happened to a friend of mine who relayed the story to me a few days later. I thought both would be interesting to share with you to get your take on these two rather rare Mah Jongg occurrences.

This is what happened in my game a few days ago:

My good friend Jane, one of the best players I know, called a tile (let’s say it was a 4 Bam). She exposed it with three other 4 Bams, making a kong of 4 Bams. Then, before she discarded, she took a tile from her hand and exchanged it for a joker in another player’s exposure. She then placed that joker alongside her four 4 Bams, making her exposure of 4 Bams into a quint. She then looked at me with a quizzical expression and asked, “Can I do this?”

The second situation happened to my good friend Emily, who has been playing for over 50 years and is an outstanding player. She, her husband and another couple were playing Maj. Oren had an exposure of two 2 Craks and one joker. Nate had a 2 Crak in his hand, so when it was his turn, he exchanged it for Oren’s joker. Play continued. Approximately 2 rounds later, Emily looked at Oren’s exposure and said, “Wait, what’s that 3 Crak doing in that exposure of 2 Craks?” They determined that when Nate exchanged his tile for Oren’s joker, he mistakenly gave Oren a 3 Crak instead of a 2 Crak, and no one noticed. Oren, Emily, Nate and Rhonda were in a quandary. What should happen now that the mistake has been discovered?

I welcome your comments on either or both situations.
Stay tuned for the answers…

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