American mahjong is without a doubt one of the most exciting games ever invented. This challenging multi-player game of strategy is very addictive and continues to grow in popularity. If you're looking for the hottest new game - this is it. Learning how to play mahjong may seem a bit difficult at first but once you get the hang of it, you'll be hooked for life!
Even if you're brand new to mahjong, you've probably heard of the different variants of the game. The most popular version in the US is, not surprisingly, American mahjong. It has quite a few differences that set it apart from the original version that came out of China over a century ago.
One of the key differences is the use of jokers, which definitely add a whole new layer of strategy to an already exciting game. Thanks to the jokers you are able to replace key missing tiles, allowing you to create even the most illegally mahjongs. During game play, if a joker tile is exposed on the table, any player is allowed to switch it with another tile, assuming it is their turn. That joker can then be used elsewhere on the table in an exposed sequence or placed in the player's rack. There are limits to the joker, however, such as not being able to be used for a pair or a single. It also can not be used during the pregame Charleston but overall it still opens up quite a few possibilities in the game.