Mahjong Variations

Mahjong is a game of versatility and is very appropriate for any kind of player. It can be easily learned and an outstanding parlor game, which can be played by people from all age groups. Little focus on defense is possible if the game is utilized as a complete game of chance. It can also be a puzzle for players who have both intellectual and philosophical frame of mind because it necessitates a mastery of every detail of the rules and scoring as well as an ability to quickly adapt to varying conditions of chance and finding a balance between offense and defense. Lastly, thrill seekers as well as people looking for excitement soon realizes that the game requires a sharp psychological focus, ability to quickly and boldly decide, and with a move of a tile can yield high profits or substantial losses.

The rules, scoring and system of payment determine the nature of mahjong. The traditional rules are proportionate and fit all types of players. The possibility of scoring well with hidden hands is greatly enhanced with the score fixed at 1,000 points (for the Chine Classical rules) provides more options for the intellectual or risk taker type of players.

The present-day pattern-focused rules give intellectual players the mental test they are looking for in a game. For the risk takers, the modern Japanese style of game is an interesting option. Other versions of the game combine both intellect and risk taking. The American or French variation is an option for people who love tile-matching, high-scoring and games of recall.

Because a complete mahjong set has 144 tiles (or 136, if Flowers and Seasons will be excluded), and four sets and a pair is required in a winning hand, the rate of winning is clearly huge. While the hands received during the deal are vital in the determination of the initial goal, rarely does a player emerge with a winning hand where more than half of the tiles of the winning set have been drawn from the Wall or from discarded cards.

There is also truth that a beginner can have the luck to defeat veteran players. Even in the traditional rules, a complete game can be won with just by a single lucky tile not necessarily the Limit hand (a though not necessarily with a Limit hand (an exclusive hand that inevitably awards the maximum score). It is worth noting that huge income are most of the time an outcome of a) accumulating an average winning hand added with extra credits for extra tiles (such as Flowers, Seasons and Dora tiles), and/or b) utilizing the traditional payment method (losers paying twice the amount if East is the player that wins the game). What is commonly referred to as the Limit Hand is a rare tile in American and French rules.

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