The Winds & "the Oya"
Playing the Game
Building a Hand - The Basics
Building a Hand with Special Combinations
How to Complete a Hand
Interrupting Play with Pon and Kan
Points and Payments
Mahjong in Japan
Books on Mahjong
Mahjong Sets & Accessories
Drop me a line
Collecting your Starting HandThe Oya now takes the first four tiles in the wall, and South and then West do likewise, removing them from the wall so that it recedes in a clockwise direction.
This process is repeated twice more, giving each player twelve tiles. The Oya now removes the first and third tiles from the top layer of the wall. South then takes just one tile from the very end of the wall. West finishes the process by removing the tile from the top layer that was left by East, as in the following photo sequence:
Commencing PlayThe Oya commences play by discarding one of the fourteen tiles in his hand. He places it face up inside the perimeter of the wall in front of him, somewhat to the left hand side. This is the beginning of his discard row.
South now takes a tile from the end of the wall adds it to his hand, then discards a tile to form the beginning of his discard row. West, and then East do likewise in their turn (unless somebody completes a hand or goes Pon or Kan).
Play proceeds in this manner, moving from player to player in an anti-clockwise direction, while tiles are removed from the end of the wall in a clockwise direction. Each time a player discards a tile he adds it, face up, to the right hand end of his discard row.
14 Tiles Remain in the WallPlay continues until a player completes his hand and goes out, or until only fourteen tiles remain in the wall. What happens when the last tile has been discarded and nobody has completed a hand will be explained later.