Mahjong is an old game that has originated from China.It was and it is still played by many people because it requires some skill to play it. I think it is appealing because of the different tiles it has and it has some unique gameplay.
This game basically is a combination of rummy, poker and a bit of gambling in different ways. If you play it enough, you can get better, the game requires a bit of luck in order to beat your opponent and the tiles are similar with those from rummy in a sense.
The objective of the game is to be the first that builds a complete suit of tiles. You play the game with around 136 tiles, depending on what variation of Mahjong you are playing. The name “Mahjong” is a translation from Chinese and the original word is pronounced “Ma Jiang” in chinese. That’s why there are multiple names in english for this game.
The oldest version of the game is called “Chinese Classical Mahjong” and it is played the most in the online environment, because of the simplicity of the rules. In general, the game is played with the “Hong Kong Rules”. The major cities in China each have different rules for playing Mahjong, which is an interesting fact. Hong Kong Rules are also used because of the simplicity.
There are several sites where you can play Mahjong and most of them are free. If you are a beginner it is good to try some free gameplay first, in order to hone your skills in this game.
The alternative is to play for money. All you change in this case, is the point scoring system. Instead of points, you have a cash scoring system. I think the game is more interesting in this way because it is more likely that all players play the game very seriously and if you are looking for a challenge, this could give you some extra adrenaline and a worthy foe.
Mahjong is a game of skill and a bit of luck. Hone your skill, and you can win a lot. The game may look boring, but after you get into it, you can’t get rid of it, that’s what the game is capable of. Hope this article was helpful to you. If you decide to try it, you can leave a comment with your experience and give some feedback.