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Mahjong is Asia's favorite pasttime. To the West, we have Poker but in the east, it's Mahjong. I always refer to Mahjong (aside from the solitare variation that most people are familair with) as a game that mixes both Rummy and Poker rules and uses dominoes as cards. That's putting it lightly.
In most variations of Mahjong, I'll try to explain the gameplay in a very simple way since any variation has their own rules. The main rule in all variations is that you need to make the best hand consistenting of melds and a pair (Similar to Rummy). Those melds are done in tiles of 3 (or 4 if you have a 4 of a kind) and they can be either be a 3 number straight (1-2-3) or trips/three of a kind (3-3-3). The pair can be any 2 of any character. For the most part you can win just playing this but other variations such as Richii (Japan's Mahjong) has a system called Yaku where your hand has to be worth points.
Similar to Poker, each winning hand (or possible winning hands) has their own ranking. You can one with a one color/tile straight (making a 1-9 straight using the same suit) or winning the game with nothing but Trips using the same number (Trip 7s in all suits). Mahjong is played very quickly and here at Team SKYNITE we play almost every night losing every chance we can get.
We normally play on Mahjong Souls and Mahjong Time. Both are great ways to play online and friends. But Mahjong Souls is only the Richii ruleset where Mahjong Time includes a variety of rulesets. Regardless, Mahjong is a nice way to unwind towards the end of the day but it can get competitive as there are major tournaments especially in the East.
As a gambling game you won't see this in the casinos (Maybe in Asia) but you will see a group of players playing at a park, mahjong parlors, or even on the street as this game can be quickly set up and can start playing right away.
Check out the links below for more information about Mahjong and how to get started. Feel free to join our discord and come hop on a match with us!
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The man that needs little to no introduction, let me introduce you to Victor. If you ever play or meet Victor for the first time you might think he's nervous and quiet but really he's calm, cool, and collected. As you are sitting there thinking you got an easy win, Victor is calculating every strat possible from the number of cards in his hand. While a monster in his own right, Victor has taken home several locals and also dabs in Gym Leader Challenge. Victor has been a regular at Odyssey Games where tSn.Pokemon practice at. It wasn't until recently he was interested in joining Team SKYNITE. With his track record, why wouldn't we accept him. He's familiar with the game and he knows the team as well as other players from the local scene. From Southern California, Victor set foot in the game recently much like the other players we know (Be it, returning post-covid or new to the game all together). Victor has what it takes to help Team SKYNITe reach the big league. So