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Updated: 03/08/2018 08:30:01AM

Women’s Club holding Mah Jongg tournament

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Ladies, get ready for another fun day of Mah Jongg at the Women’s Club of Sebring on Saturday, March 17. Their last tournament, held in July of 2017, was a huge success. Tables are filling up fast so please call to reserve your space today.

“We were so pleased with the turnout at our first tournament that we plan to have lots more,” said Bev Smith-Ford, Mah Jongg Committee. “We only have space for 20 tables (80 players) at this tournament, and they are filling fast. Call Sandy Haka at 863-658-1717 to reserve a table. If you don’t have a complete table, let her know and she will try to find additional players for you.”

The tournament begins promptly at 9:30 a.m., so plan to be there no later than 9 a.m. so you have time to sign in and get your table organized. Be sure to bring your 2018 Official Mah Jongg card for this tournament.

Last July’s event was a huge success with tables filled with players from Sebring, Lake Placid, Avon Park, Winer Haven and Okeechobee.

Mah Jongg originated in China in the Qing Dynasty. It is a tile-based game that is commonly played by four players. It takes a combination of skill, chance and strategy as you collect combinations of tiles to complete a winning hand. A total of 144 tiles are used in the game and are designed with Chinese characters and symbols.

The tournament consists of three sets of four games each. Tournament play only allows you 50-55 minutes to complete a set, so play is very fast. Points are earned for winning the hand and points can be lost for discarding a tile a player needs to win.

“We’ll have cash money prizes, a special door prize, $100 money tree, 50/50 raffle tickets, a great lunch and our fabulous dessert table,” said Smith-Ford.

The tournament will be held at the Women’s Club of Sebring is located at 4260 Lakeview Drive in Sebring. Please contact Haka at 863-658-1717 for information or for reserving your spot in the tournament.