Mah Jongg Classes

“Great classes taught by a very knowledgeable instructor. I’ve taken and enjoyed them all. Now I’m hooked!!”
—Jean R., student

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.

Upcoming Mah Jongg Classes:

Mah Jongg Guided Play – POSTPONED
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. Please bring your 2019 card to each class.
PLEASE NOTE: Players should already be familiar with both rules of play and the NMJL card.

Session 4 – four Wednesdays:
April 1, 8, (skip 15) 22 and 29
9:30am – 12:00pm

DCA members $70
Public $85

Mah Jongg: 2020 New Card Classes
Hot off the presses, the first card of a new decade from the NMJL is here! How to decipher it? Which hands and categories are updated, and which stayed the same? Are there “tricky” hands, more NEWS hands, or fun Dragon combinations? Instructor Donna Holt will guide you first through the changes and challenges of the 2020 card.  She then will supervise play as attendees try their luck with the new hands. Gather all your Mah Jongg friends for an exciting few hours of the latest in craks, bams, and dots!

Open to players of all levels who are comfortable with American Mah Jongg rules of play and understand how to read a NMJL card.

Please bring your own 2020 card (order it now from if you haven’t already) as well as your 2019 card for reference.


Each class is stand-alone and offers the same information. Please plan to stay until the class ending time.

  • Wednesday, April 15: 12:30pm – 3:00pm – SOLD OUT
  • Thursday, April 16: 9:30am – 12:00pm – SOLD OUT
“Donna does a terrific job introducing Mah Jongg. Her enthusiasm is infectious! I am very grateful to the DCA for providing these classes.”
—Shelley S., student

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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