, sometimes spelled Mah Jongg
, is a game
that originated in China
, commonly played by four players (with some three-player variations found in Korea and Japan). The four player table version should not be confused with the popular Western single player (tile matching) computer game (Mahjong solitaire
), which is a recent invention and completely different from the table game. Similar to the Western card game rummy
, mahjong is a game of skill, strategy and calculation and involves a certain degree of chance. In Asia
, mahjong is also popularly played as a gambling
game (though it may just as easily be played recreationally).