Mah Jongg Classes

American Mah Jongg is an exciting four-player tile game with Chinese origins. Using 152 tiles depicting Chinese characters and symbols, players pick and discard in turn to form combinations found on the National Mah Jongg League’s annual card of hands. Strategy, skill and luck are needed to be the first player to complete a hand and declare “Mah Jongg!” The DCA provides tile sets for all classes.

Mah Jongg classes 

New Card Class on the 2019 Card  – Some spots Left

Hot off the presses, the always anticipated annual card from the NMJL will arrive soon! How to decipher it? Which hands and categories are updated, and which stayed the same? Are there tricky patterns, harder concealed hands, or favorite dragon combinations making another appearance? Instructor Donna Holt will guide you first through the changes and challenges of the 2019 card.  She then will oversee play and make suggestions as attendees try their luck with the new hands. Gather all your “mad for Mah Jongg” friends for a fun morning! Open to players of all levels who play by official American Mah Jongg rules and understand how to read a NMJL card. Please bring your own 2019 card as well as your 2018 card for reference.

Two choices of dates:
Thursday, April 11 – 2 spots left
9:30am – 12:00pm


Thursday, April 25 – 4 spots left
9:30am – 12:00pm

DCA members $20
Public $30

If you have not already registered for one of the dates above, please call the office to sign up at 203-655-9050 extension 10.

Learn to Play Mah Jongg 

Learn to play American Mah Jongg, a fun and fascinating tile game. Longtime local resident Donna Holt will teach players the basics of understanding the tiles and the Mah Jongg card. Rules and strategies of play as well as game etiquette will be covered.

Four Tuesdays: April 2, 9, 16 and 23
9:30am – 12:00pm

DCA members $95
Public $115

Prepayment is required by noon on Monday, April 1. Minimum enrollment applies.

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Guided Play Mah Jongg 

You’ve learned to play American Mah Jongg, and you’re hooked. Here’s the chance to meet other players and benefit from consistent play. This four week session will offer lots of playing time and the chance to sharpen your game, with instructor Donna Holt on hand to oversee play. She will be available to help with all aspects of the game, from choosing your hand, to guiding the group through any rules or etiquette questions that arise. Come meet others mad for Mah Jongg and build your confidence with a seasoned teacher in an encouraging atmosphere. Please bring your 2018 card to each class for March and bring your 2019 card to each class for April.

PLEASE NOTE: Players should already be familiar with both rules of play and the NMJL card.

Four Wednesdays: April 3, 10, 17 and 24
9:30am – 12:00pm

DCA members $70
Public $85

Please call the office to sign up at 203-655-9050 extension 10.

A Morning of Mah Jongg to Benefit the Mission of the DCA

Thank you to all the players that came out to support our “Morning of Mah Jongg to Benefit the Mission of the DCA” event. It was a fun, relaxed morning of tournament-style play – and there were prizes!

First Place Winner: Juliana “Topsy” Post (she also won for a joker-less hand) received a complimentary DCA 2019-2020 membership.

Second Place Winner: Carol Charling received a two hour Mah Jongg master class with Donna.


Instructor for Mah Jongg classes:

Longtime local resident Donna Holt was introduced to Chinese Mah Jongg while living in Singapore. Now an avid American Mah Jongg player, Donna guides players through a fascinating world of winds, dragons, dots and craks, offering strategies and encouragement to improve your game.

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