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I, spy.jpgA game of Mah-jong. This looks like a completely legit game of it, with no gangsters or heavies to be seen. Still, what’s more innocent than a group of senior citizens playing a game of their youth?

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  1. Hoyle’s Rules of Games I can follow more easily on its different card games than the rules of Mah Jong (a certain colleague admitted similar befuddlement). http://www.amazon.com/Hoyles-Rules-Games-Albert-Morehead/dp/0451204840

    Switching tack, money to be made on Mah Jong! Selling tables. The Upstate Fuz, Mrs Z. teacher, “Our people spend too much time on this game.” The table had revolving tiles that dropped below and shuffled before coming back up. And I saw a M-J table shop, with the revolver mechanism, near where I lived. So it exists, is way up in Fujian, and can be exported.

    Sell it into Chinese retirement homes in US/UK/Can/Aus/NZ.
    Put a trademark on it. Like snooker tables. http://www.thurston.co.uk/

  2. It *is* certainly a game for old people. I knew this from growing up in a Chinese family. But, I’d say that the MZ table you described sounds like a local innovation. I’m picking it was devised to prevent cheating, difficult as it might be as there are some many blocks.

    Sell them to Chinese retirement villages? The photo you see looks to me like some sort of community centre as there are other tables in operation, Casino Royale style.

  3. […] a more personal observation, the game of Mah-jong is also played everywhere but mostly by the elderly. It fills the need and they do have time. I […]

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