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Mahjong Etiquette: Dos and Don'ts at the Table

Mahjong Etiquette Dos and Don'ts at the Table
Mahjong Etiquette Dos and Don'ts at the Table

Mahjong, a traditional tile-based game originating from China, has captivated players around the world for centuries. 

Known for its intricate rules and rich cultural significance, Mahjong is more than just a game—it's a social activity that fosters camaraderie and sharpens strategic thinking. 

However, like any cherished pastime, Mahjong comes with its own set of etiquette and customs that players are expected to follow. Whether you're a seasoned player or a newcomer eager to learn, understanding Mahjong etiquette is essential for ensuring a respectful and enjoyable experience for all participants. 

In this article, we will explore the key aspects of Mahjong etiquette, helping you navigate the game with grace and respect for its timeless traditions.

Mahjong Etiquette


Be Polite and Patient!

In today’s time and age, many younger new players have entered the scene. Sometimes, rules or tiles that may seem “obvious” are not the same for new players. Foster a positive environment by encouraging novice players or provide some tips, this can help make it enjoyable for all parties!

Match Your Pacing 

While patience is important, knowing your own playing pace can help you to choose the right table. Seasoned players (the aunties and uncles) know which tiles they will be playing and are likely to discard tiles at a fast pace. Inevitably, this also means that the turn will always be stuck at the player who is not as familiar.  

Win and Lose Graciously 

As the saying goes “Don’t hate the player, hate the game”. With Mahjong as a strategic game, discarding tiles by mistake can lead to the victory of others. Be happy and celebrate victories, do not blame certain players for how they have played. Instead, embrace the vibrant environment and jovial nature of the game!  

Mahjong Set
Mahjong Set

Do Not’s

Peek At The Tiles Of Others 

Mahjong is all about strategy and anticipating movements based on the opponent tiles. Peeking at the tiles of others is akin to cheating and spoils the fun of the game! 

Touch Other Player Tiles 

Like a game of Chess, touching the piece/tiles of another player is not a good gesture.

Calling for a discarded tile for a “pong” would also be a good way to inform others of the tiles that are about to be picked up. 

Don’t Slam the Tiles

Tiles are made of a variety of materials and here at Customymahjong, we use quality acrylic or requested materials polished to fineness. Though the tiles are built to last and can take general impact during shuffling, slamming the tiles is a sure way to chip off parts of the mahjong tiles in the long run. Imagine losing colours on that custom crafted anime mahjong set!  

Cultural Sensitivities

  • Be aware that some players might have superstitions or rituals they follow. Respect these practices even if you don’t personally believe in them.

  • If playing for money, make sure all players agree on the stakes beforehand to avoid any misunderstandings or disputes.

In General

Singapore mahjong is a great blend of beginners and veterans of the game. Don't be intimidated by the do's and don'ts of mahjong—these guidelines are simply in place to ensure everyone has a fair, enjoyable, and respectful gaming experience. 

Once you get the hang of the basic rules and etiquette, you'll find that mahjong is a fun and engaging game that brings people together. Embrace the learning process, enjoy the social interaction, and focus on the excitement of playing. 

Remember, the key is to have fun and build camaraderie, so relax, play your tiles, and enjoy the game!

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