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Mahjong Competition Rules (Chinese Official)

Game Objective

The objective of the game is to put together a complete set (or "hand"), which contains four sets of threes (either three of a kind of the same suit (or "pung") or a sequence of the same suit (or "chow") and a pair, for total of 14 pieces. Each player starts with 13 tiles. With each turn, a player picks up a 14th tile, and then discards one tile placed face up in the center of the table. At this point, other players can choose to pass, take the tile to complete a set (pung, chow or kong - we'll describe this later) or to declare a win ("mahjong"). The first player who completes the set of 14 tiles wins the hand.

Let's look at each steps of the game in more details to the rules of the Chinese Mahjong Game.

1. Determining the seats (Dealing/seating part in the game is performed for you automatically. To see all Chinese Mahjong Rules View the demo of the Mahjong Game)

a. One of the players (or a jury in a tournament) mixes four wind tiles; one of each wind placed face down on the table, and arranges them in a row. See the example below:
Chinese Mahjong Game Rules - Determining the Seats

b. Each player picks blindly a wind tile to determine where he/she will be seated. According to the tiles they have drawn, all the players take their places at the table.

Here is an example :
Chinese Mahjong Game Rules - Determining the Seats

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