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Wang with his ‘poker mahjong cards’. Photo/VCG

CHONGQING, China - Mahjong cards have existed for a long time. Yet, the ‘Chongqing Morning Post’ claims that advertising designer Wang Kai has come up with a pack of mahjong cards that is lighter and cheaper than the traditional tile version of the game. Wang hopes to make money by cutting the cost and equipment involved in playing mahjong.

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VOGELENZANG, the Netherlands – During the Easter weekend, in the Dutch village of Vogelenzang (the name means ‘Birds singing’), the traditional flower mosaic takes place. On this occasion, a group of local mahjong fanatics made a red, or rather a purple, dragon, to ask attention for their mahjong demonstration.

CHONGQING, China - A Chinese tourist attraction is drawing in game-loving travelers with a unique feature: a giant game of Mahjong. A video filmed March 11 shows a large group of tourists teaming up to play the Rummy-like game with giant tiles that require multiple people to move and arrange.

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LOS ANGELES - Ever wondered where you could play the world's most luxurious mahjong set? On one of the most luxurious mahjong tables of course. On the 1st of February, 11 Ravens has unveiled it's most luxurious mahjong table offering yet, with the Macan Mahjong Table, starting at a base price of $12,000.

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LOS ANGELES - Altercation in LA Chinatown mahjong parlor Hop Sing Tong, open since 1876, turns deadly when an assailant armed with a knife murdered two other men as they played mahjong.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signs one of many bills Thursday in Annapolis. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, USA  - Maryland’s governor has signed a bill that would legalize some home poker games. House Bill 127, one of many bills signed into law Thursday by Gov. Larry Hogan (R), permits “a home game involving wagering” if “limited to mahjong or a card game.”

Loretta Alessandrini, a 72-year-old resident of Annapolis’s Heritage Harbour, was part of a letter-writing campaign to support the bill. She said police “begrudgingly” busted Heritage Harbour’s $4 mahjong game last year after a resident who lost $20 snitched.

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Still from the Bangkok Post video.

TOKYO, Japan - Japanese companies looking to hire college graduates pit them against each other at the mahjong tables. A video about this is published on the website of Bangkok Post.

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CHENGDU, China - A teacher in China has invented a new mahjong game that is designed to teach students English. Tian Jingyun, headmaster of the Jitou Middle School in Chengdu, in southwest China’s Sichuan province, created the game which replaces the symbols and numbers on the tiles of the traditional ancient Chinese game with English letters.