Four Winds Rule Collection Japanese Modern

6. Payments

Let us assume that the winner was North and scored 960 points for his hand. The winning tile was claimed from East's discard.

6.1 Payments to the winner

In Japanese rules each loser pays the winner according to the final score of the winner's hand, in case the winning tile is self-drawn. However, if the winning tile is claimed from another player's discard, discarder alone pays all losses (that is, not only his share but for all losers). As in Chinese rules, East always receives and pays double.

The final score is rounded up to nearest 100 at the time of payments. However, for discarding player (who always pays for all), and for East (who pays and receives double) the rounding is done only once (for the total), so that the rounding effect is not accumulated.

Accordingly, if the winner (North in this case) had gone out on a self-drawn tile, the payments would have been as follows:

1900 pts From East (960 pts doubled and rounded up to nearest 100)
1000 pts From South (960 pts rounded up to nearest 100)
1000 pts From West

3900 pts Total

In the example above it was assumed that the winner went out on a discard made by East so the payments would be calculated as follows:

1920 pts From East (960 pts doubled)
960 pts From South (960 pts rounded up to nearest 100)
960 pts From West

3900 pts Total rounded up to nearest 100

In this case the payment would have been the same but note that because of the rounding method the winner often gets slightly bigger payments if he goes out self-drawn.

Often ready-made settling tables (see below) are used instead of calculations (which may be tricky because of rounding rules). E.g., for this example the table #4 could be used directly to determine the payments based on known fu and han values (60 and 2 in this case).

1) Dealer (East) goes out self-drawn, each loser pays double the final score determined by the settling table, rounded up to nearest hundred:
  1 2 3 4 5 6–7 8–10 11–12 13
20 fu 400 700 1300 2600 4000 6000 8000 12000 16000
30 fu 500 1000 2000 3900 4000 6000 8000 12000 16000
40 fu 700 1300 2600 4000 4000 6000 8000 12000 16000
50 fu 800 1600 3200 4000 4000 6000 8000 12000 16000
60 fu 1000 2000 3900 4000 4000 6000 8000 12000 16000
70 fu 1200 2300 4000 4000 4000 6000 8000 12000 16000
80 fu 1300 2600 4000 4000 4000 6000 8000 12000 16000
90 fu 1500 2900 4000 4000 4000 6000 8000 12000 16000
2) Dealer (East) goes out on a discard, the discarding player pays for all (6 times the final score determined by the settling table because the winner is East, and then rounded up to nearest hundred):
  1 2 3 4 5 6–7 8–10 11–12 13
20 fu 1000 2000 3900 7700 12000 18000 24000 36000 48000
30 fu 1500 2900 5800 11600 12000 18000 24000 36000 48000
40 fu 2000 3900 7700 12000 12000 18000 24000 36000 48000
50 fu 2400 4800 9600 12000 12000 18000 24000 36000 48000
60 fu 2900 5800 11600 12000 12000 18000 24000 36000 48000
70 fu 3400 6800 12000 12000 12000 18000 24000 36000 48000
80 fu 3900 7700 12000 12000 12000 18000 24000 36000 48000
90 fu 4400 8700 12000 12000 12000 18000 24000 36000 48000
3) Non-dealer goes out self-drawn, dealer pays double (as specified in table 1) , other losers normally (the final score determined by the settling table, rounded up to nearest hundred):
  1 2 3 4 5 6–7 8–10 11–12 13
20 fu 200 400 700 1300 2000 3000 4000 6000 8000
30 fu 300 500 1000 2000 2000 3000 4000 6000 8000
40 fu 400 700 1300 2000 2000 3000 4000 6000 8000
50 fu 400 800 1600 2000 2000 3000 4000 6000 8000
60 fu 500 1000 2000 2000 2000 3000 4000 6000 8000
70 fu 600 1200 2000 2000 2000 3000 4000 6000 8000
80 fu 700 1300 2000 2000 2000 3000 4000 6000 8000
90 fu 800 1500 2000 2000 2000 3000 4000 6000 8000
4) Non-dealer goes out on a discarded tile, the discarding player pays for all (four times the final score determined by the settling table):
  1 2 3 4 5 6–7 8–10 11–12 13
20 fu 700 1300 2600 5200 8000 12000 16000 24000 32000
30 fu 1000 2000 3900 7700 8000 12000 16000 24000 32000
40 fu 1300 2600 5200 8000 8000 12000 16000 24000 32000
50 fu 1600 3200 6400 8000 8000 12000 16000 24000 32000
60 fu 2000 3900 7700 8000 8000 12000 16000 24000 32000
70 fu 2300 4500 8000 8000 8000 12000 16000 24000 32000
80 fu 2600 5200 8000 8000 8000 12000 16000 24000 32000
90 fu 2900 5800 8000 8000 8000 12000 16000 24000 32000

6.2 Payments between the losers

There are no payments between losers in Japanese Mah Jong.

6.3 Totals

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 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000
East 3,900
South
West
North 3,900
Total points after this hand 21,100 25,000 25,000 28,900

The total of all points stays always the same in this case, 100,000 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 100 points and East has made one faulty declaration of Pung, the total points would be 100 points less for East and 100 points more for the winner (penalties are not doubled for East).

Related topics:
Introduction
Tiles
Preliminaries
Playing
Miscellaneous
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