Many describe Mahjong as being an ancient Chinese tile game of skill, strategy and luck. But what truly makes a player skillful is his or her ability to adapt ...
After playing Mahjong for a while, one may be tempted to ask, 'How can anyone claim that this is a game of skill? You have no control over the draw; you have no clues as to what is coming next. How can skill possibly enter into it at all?' The answer is that Mahjong does indeed seem to be governed largely--almost entirely--by chance. And it is not precisely skill that is useful, at least not in the sense in which the word is used in chess or go. What the Japanese call a skillful player is actually one who knows how to adapt to his luck. This is the whole clue to successful play. ~ Tyche
Riichi requires each player to gather four sets (three in a sequence [chi] and/or three of a kind [pon] or four of a kind [kan]) and a pair to win. One of the things that makes this game unique is the use of red 5's and Dora tiles that can add point multipliers (hans) to the winning hand. Another differentiator is being able to declare ready to win (riichi) which raises the value of the hand and allows an additional wager. House rules may vary slightly and there is typically a 1-2 yaku (combination) minimum required to win. We use sticks to track our winnings.
If you live in the North Georgia, join our meetup. We play every Friday night in Canton, GA.