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Where to play mah jongg in Indy

The parlor game is making waves across the US — and no, it’s not the version you played on your home computer decades ago.

Small white game tiles with markings in shades of blue, red, and green jumbled on a green felt tabletop.

Mahjong is named after a dialect term for “sparrow,” which references the bird-like sound the tiles make clacking against each other.

Photo by Jimmy Chan

Poker, Yahtzee, dominoes — all of these are fun games to play with friends + family around a table, but how about something new? There’s a trendy game sweeping the nation that’s actually hundreds of years old: Mah jongg.

The four-player game originated in Southern China and gained popularity in the US in the 1920s, resulting in an American version of the game. The National Mah Jongg League formed in 1937 and issues the Official Standard Hands and Rule Cards annually. Similar to rummy, the goal of the game is to create a hand using a specialized set of tiles with designated suits and symbols.

Ready to get started? The Fishers Mah Jongg Center offers open play every Tuesday and reservation-based play every Saturday. Beginners and experts alike are welcome to learn how to play or practice their skills. If mah jongg isn’t your speed, you can also reserve time to play euchre or bridge instead.

Know of another place to play? Let us know.

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