Settling up

 OVERVIEW:  Paying the winner Paying the other players Doubling for East Wind and the limit Example payments An alternative method of paying

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Paying the winner

Everyone pays the winner (i.e. the player who went Mah-Jong ) one unit of money (traditionally using tallies) for each point scored.
If the winner is East Wind then the number of points is doubled. If someone else is the winner then only East Wind pays double.

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Paying the other players

Work out the difference in scores between each player.
The three people then settle by paying one unit of money for each point of difference between them, except East Wind who pays or receives double the difference.

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Doubling for East Wind and the limit

If East Wind wins then everyone pays him double his score. If another player wins then East Wind pays or receives double the difference between his score and that of the other players.
This rule holds for East Wind even when the prevailing Wind changes from East to South.
In every case, the doubling is not affected by the limit. So it is possible that players may have to pay out more than 1,000 points in a settlement (conceivably up to 2,000 points).

Being East Wind is therefore both an opportunity and a risk !

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Example payments

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East Wind goes Mah-Jong with 200 points

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West Wind goes Mah-Jong with 200 points

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An alternative method of paying

There’s another way of exchanging payments which is, perhaps, simpler. There’s no change to the payments made to the player who goes Mah-Jong. He is, again, paid first (by all the others) and then takes no further part in the payment process. East Wind again pays or receives double.

Each of the remaining players is then given one unit of money for each point scored (from the other remaining players). However, if one of the players is East Wind , he/she pays and receives double that amount.

The example payments (shown above) have been reworked to show what happens. It doesn’t affect the final balances.

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East Wind goes Mah-Jong with 200 points

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West Wind goes Mah-Jong with 200 points