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What are the rules for American mah jongg?

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According to the North American Mahjong Federation, an American mah jongg game includes a preliminary round called the Charleston, during which players exchange three tiles. Players also roll a pair of dice to determine the order of play. The goal of the game is to form a mah jongg: 14 tiles organized into two to four sets and one matching pair. A set can contain three to six identical tiles.

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What are the rules for American mah jongg?
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Boardgames.About.com defines mah jongg, more commonly spelled mahjong, as a popular Chinese board game played with tiles. Along with American mah jongg, the game has many variations. The game play is similar in all variations, though the scoring and tiles differ from one version to another.

All types of mah jongg involve four players and at least 136 tiles divided into four suits, 16 wind tiles and 12 dragon tiles. Players set up a mah jongg game by shuffling the tiles and then arranging them face down in the center of the table. Each player selects 13 tiles.

At each turn of the game, a player selects a tile from the center of the table and then discards a tile face up, similar to gin rummy. In turn, the other players can choose to pass, take the discarded tile or declare a mah jongg.

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