Building a Hand – The Basics

Building a Hand – The Basics

The aim of Mahjong is to complete a hand before any other player does. The most common method of completing a hand is to collect four sets of three tiles – either “Three-of-a-Kind” or “a Run-of-Three” – and a “Head” of two similar tiles.

Each tile within a set of three must be of the same type – the same suit, the same dragon, or the same wind. For example:

Three-of-a-Kind:
A Run-of-Three:

A hand can consist of a mixture of sets, so a completed hand of 14 tiles might look like this:

 

Or this:

 

 

Or this:

 

 

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