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By Tom Sloper
May 25, 2014

Column #606

American Mah Jongg (2014 NMJL card). Defense. What do you do when you see these exposures atop an opponent's rack?

1. Three possibilities: Like Nos., Consec. #5, Odds #3. Key tiles are 1D 1C 3B G.* Also hot: 2B 5B.

2. Could be Consec. #2 or 369 #2. Hot tiles are 4B 6B 5C 9C.

3. Consec. #1 or #2; hot tiles are 1D 2D 3D, and twos, threes, sixes, and sevens in the other two suits. 1D and 2D are key (eliminating one of three possibilities).

4. Consec. #2; hot tiles are 6C 7B.

5. Consec. #6 or Evens #3. Hot tiles are 2C 4C 6C 7C 4D 7D. Craks are key.

6. Consec. #5; hot tiles are F soap. Soap is key.

7. Odds #1; hot tiles are 1C 3C 7C. 1C and 3C are key.

8. Consec. #2; hot tiles are 3B 4D.

9. Like Numbers. Hot tiles are 1D F; 1D is key.

10. Consec. #6; hot tiles are 7B 7C 8C. Craks are key.

11. 2014 #3; hot tiles are 1C 4C F. 1C and 4C are key.

12. Consec. #2; hot tiles are fives and sixes in the other two suits.

13. Odds #2. The hot tiles are 1C 5B.

14. 2014 #2; hot tiles are 2C 2D soap.

*For recent comers to this column, the term "key" means a tile that's needed for a single or pair. Because jokers cannot stand in for a single or pair, a player who needs a single or pair in the hand can find herself stuck when her tile is not available. When an exposed hand has a "key tile," scan the table (the discards and exposures) and if you see that tile, you have key information about her chances of making that hand.

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