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Monday question: Mah johngg cheater

Posted by Robin Abrahams  June 27, 2011 06:19 AM

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Any suggestions for this long-suffering tile enthusiast? 

A group of us get together several times a month to have a friendly game of Mah Jongg (lots of laughs and fun). Our problem is one player cheats!!! We all know she does this and it is ruining the game for us so much we are thinking of giving our games up. We hate to because we really enjoy doing it. We cannot believe that she is doing this when we all can see what she is doing. We have gently kidded her about "peeking", but it doesn't seem to sink in and she is getting worse. We cannot think of what to do without telling her straight out that we know she "cheats" which is tough to do to a long time friend. It is hard for us to believe that winning this friendly game is so important to her, but it is not fun for us to just put up with it. Any suggestions?

Also, to what extent is Mah Jongg really a thing? I've never played it, and I always think of it as a "Man Men" era sort of game. Do you play? 

Regarding advice, I'll give mine on Friday. And we have a chat this Wednesday, because I didn't do one on the first of the month. Don't forget!
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