Let us assume the following final scores for the players:
|0 pts||40 pts||20 pts||100 pts|
6.1 Payments to the winner
The losers pay the winner according to the final score of his hand, East receiving and paying the double. Accordingly, the winner is paid as follows:
|200 pts||From East (100 pts doubled once)|
|100 pts||From South|
|100 pts||From West|
6.2 Payments between the losers
In American rules the losers settle the payments according to the difference of their final scores. East receives/pays double. Assuming the scores given above, the losers pay each other as follows:
The final payments are added to/reduced from players' total points:
|East gets from||South gets from||West gets from||North gets from|
|Total points before this hand||10,000||10,000||10,000||10,000|
|Total points after this hand||9,680||10,000||9,920||10,400|
The total of all points stays always the same – in this case, 40,000 points.
Note that if penalties are used, they are always added/subtracted at the final stage of scoring. E.g., if the rules specify penalty for faulty declarations worth 10 points and East has made one faulty declaration of Pung, the total points would be 10 points less for East and 10 points more for the winner (penalties are not doubled for East).
Note: If the rules apply a limit for the total score a player can score for his hand, the limit is applied to the final score, not the payments. Accordingly, if the Limit is 500 points, the maximum payment an East winner can get for a hand is 3000 points (1000 points from each loser). As for losers, the limit is applied to the difference of losers' final scores (not directly to player's final score as in classical Chinese rules).