It may be advisable for them to skip to a more gentle introduction where they will
be able to learn the game in stages.
Winning is helped by skill and knowledge of the game, but there is a large element
The game is made more interesting and exciting if people aim to achieve a high score
in each session, rather than complete a Mah-Jong as quickly as possible. To this
end it is better to collect sets of the high scoring tiles (called Major tiles) and
to look for combinations which will double your basic score.
Watching the tiles that other people are discarding and claiming may allow you to
determine what they are collecting and so influence your play.
The winner is not necessarily the one who declares Mah-Jong, as payments are also
made between the other players based on the value of any sets in their hands.