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By Tom Sloper
December 28, 2014

Column #626

American Mah Jongg (2014 NMJL card). Of course, you never simply keep your eyes on your own hand. An opponent is showing two exposures. What do you do?

1. Could be either 2014 #3 or W-D #6. Hot tiles: twos, ones, and fours in all suits, and red and green. Ones and fours are key (if any one or four is dead on the table, you can eliminate one possibility from your thinking).

2. Consec. #5. Hot: F and soap. Soap is key (if it's dead, her hand is dead, and you should say so).

3. She's making 369 #1. F, R, and 6C are hot - and all are key, meaning if any one of them is dead, her hand is dead.

4. This is W-D #5 - a concealed hand. Call her dead. The pung of Wests is a dead giveaway on this card. If she'd exposed the Wests first, you could've called her dead right then.

5. Consec. #2, the most powerful hand on the card. Hot: 1C and 4B.

6. 369 #4; F and 6C are hot (F is key).

7. Consec. #2 again. Hot tiles are threes and fours in the other suits.

8. Evens #2. Hot tiles are 4C, 8B, 8D; all are key.

9. Consec. #6. Hot: 3C 4C 3B; craks are key.

10. Odds #5. Hot: 5B 7B 7D; bams are key.

11. Evens #1. Hot: 2C 4C 8C; 2C 4C are key.

12. Quints #2. Hot: 4C.

13. Consec. #2 yet again. Hot: 6C 9D. The absence of any key tiles (pairs) is one of the factors that makes this hand so perennially powerful.

14. 2014 #1, but if she's discarded since her second exposure, call her dead. "2014" is not a legal exposure.

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