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Finishing the Game

The game is normally finished by someone declaring  Mah-Jong, usually by forming 4 sets and a pair. This always involves retaining the last tile claimed or picked up from the wall.

After Mah-Jong has been declared each player places his hand on the table. The tiles of exposed pungs are all set face-up. A concealed pung has the middle tile turned face-down.

An exposed kong has one of the end tiles turned face down, and a concealed one has the two end tiles turned face-down.

Scoring then begins. The winner is scored first and everyone pays him. The other players’ scores are then worked out and payment is made based on the difference between their scores.

Concealed pung

Concealed kong

The Game


The Aim of the Game

       General Strategy


Preparing to Play

       Distribute the Tallies

       Determine who is N, S, E, and W Wind

       Determine the Prevailing Wind

       Shuffle the Tiles

       Build the Walls

       Break into one Wall

       The Kong Box

       Deal out the Tiles

       Select out any Flower or Season Tiles


Playing the Game

       Starting the Game

       Collecting Sets

       Special Hands

       Obtaining a New Tile

       Claiming the Discarded Tile

       Flower and Season Tiles

       Concealed Sets

       Converting a Pung to a Kong

       One for Mah-Jong

       Robbing the Kong

       Finishing the Game


Variations of Play

       The Goulash

       The Game for 2 Players

       The Game for 3 Players

       The Game for 5 Players

       Suggested Rule

Exposed pung
Exposed kong
Concealed pung
Concealed kong
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Tiles at the end of a game
At the end of the game the tiles in each hand
are laid out so that they can be scored.

Kong box

Live wall

Example of the end of a game

East Wind has gone Mah-Jong.   

South Wind is fishing - he’s one tile away from a special hand called The Wriggling Snake.

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© 2008   Peter Gregory
© 2008   Peter Gregory

Exposed pung

Exposed kong

Text - The Game
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