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See Wikipedia's page on trick-taking games for a lot of variations. The version you mention could possibly be Spades.
The official mahjong rules do not allow for "cross" bets by players on each other, or by outside parties on or against players. Now this lady may have been playing by "house" rules in "her" games. But those rules do not apply to your table unless you all agree to them.
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