"Won't the other people at the table be able to see what hand I'm playing?"
That is the most common question we get from mostly advanced or seasoned players.
The Mah Jongg Highlighters were created for teachers, students and beginner players to build their confidence and remain calm while learning the rules and ultimately playing with advanced players.
They are also extremely helpful while playing Siamese Mah Jongg® as you can imagine. And now for playing online to help you increase your speed and skills. They also make it easier for you to go for and keep track of the harder hands.
Myself and many other advanced beginner players continue using them during 4-person Mah Jongg. Remember, with each “highlighted hand” there are several suits and number combinations for your opponents to consider in order for them to know the actual hand you are playing.
Even without the Highlighters, if you have a couple of exposures they may know what you are playing. The three or four Mah Jongg Highlighters simply make it easier for YOU to accurately spot your hand and avoid mix ups and going dead.
Luck, skill and jokers are key to winning with or without the Highlighters.
And keep in mind, it’s a game. So if the Mah Jongg Highlighters help you spot your hands and consequently allow you to enjoy yourself, have a cocktail, and a little conversation while playing with friends, that’s a nice trade off. Let them peek!