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By Tom Sloper
April 22, 2012

Column #516

American Mah Jongg (2012 NMJL card). Defense by the numbers. What do you do if an opponent is showing these?

1. The hand she's making can only be Consec. #3, which means threes and fours in the other two suits are hot.

2. If her poker face fails every time a dragon goes out, she may be working on Consec. #6 without realizing it's a concealed hand. But this could very well be Odds #2, in which case threes and fives in the other two suits are hot.

3. Tricky. Here's where the NMJL card throws you curve balls. She might be doing Consec. #3 or Odds #2. Look for clues among the discards and exposures, and tread carefully. 2B, 3B, 4C, and 5C are all potentially dangerous to throw.

4. Feel free to call her dead. Odds #8 is a concealed hand.

5. She's working on Odds #2. 3D and 3B are hot.

6. See #4 above. She's dead.

7. Like Numbers. 1D and F are hot.

8. This is either Consec. #5 or 2012 #2. F, 1B, 2B, 0, and 3B are hot. Look for clues among the discards and exposures. If any of 1B, 2B, or 0 are dead, then the only dangerous tiles are F and 3B.

9. This is Consec. #4. G and F are hot. Check the discard floor; if you see more than two Gs there, call her dead.

10. This is Consec. #5. 2B and F are hot.

11. She's making Odds #3. Look to see if 3D or F or soap are dead to her. If any one of those is dead, she's dead too.

12. She's making Odds #5. Look to see if G is dead. If it's not, play it safe; don't throw F or G.

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