Gemma’s Journal #10 – Scoring Hand
Now I can prove to them that there is some logic in the seemingly random numbers I come up with!
A note from Jenn: This entry was supposed to be up a few days ago, but while in Vegas I had some technical difficulties. I’m back in Tokyo again, quite possibly for good. Stay tuned for more on-time updates!
Ok, so I’m hoping that everyone got what happened in the last post. I’m still not entirely sure of the whole scoring system myself so any encouragement is much appreciated! I’m hoping that the people I teach Mahjong to in Taiwan have been reading these too. Everytime I tell them how much a hand is worth they’re completely incredulous and think I’m just making numbers up on the spot. Now I can prove to them that there is some logic in the seemingly random numbers I come up with!
So, you have your base points now hopefully! Where are we going to go from there? You need your hand points! Garthe has been going through the hands and what each is worth, so hopefully you have a good idea how many hand points each hand is worth already. We then have to look at a chart (well beginners have to look at a chart and those of us who’s brains are too tired from having to work out the base points already). The easiest thing that I have found is just learning the chart, although Jenn has kindly explained the whole thing to me. I did find it a lot easier to just pull the numbers from my memory than try and work the whole thing out mathematically each time. Also if you’re not a genius then it’s pretty difficult to work it out quick enough in a real game.
I’m not going to swamp you with the entire chart now. I’m just going to give you the ones that are going to be the most useful (also seemingly the most random- if you can memorise these two charts the rest is a breeze!). Then, next week I’ll give you the rest.
Non-DealerTop number is when won off a discard (one person pays). Brackets are for a self-drawn win- first number is what the non-dealers pay out and the second number is that which the dealer pays out (the bigger one!)
Hand Points->
Base Points |
1 | 2 | 3 |
30 | 1000
(300/500) |
2000
(500/1000) |
3900
(1000/2000) |
40 | 1300
(400/700) |
2600
(700/1300) |
5200
(1300/2600) |
50 | 1600
(400/800) |
3200
(800/1600) |
6400
(1600/3200) |
DealerTop number is when won off a discard (one person pays). Bottom number is what each player pays the dealer for a self-drawn win.
Hand Points->
Base Points |
1 | 2 | 3 |
30 | 1500
(500) |
2900
(1000) |
5800
(2000) |
40 | 2000
(700) |
3900
(1300) |
7700
(2600) |
50 | 2400
(800) |
4800
(1600) |
9600
(3200) |
At 4 hand points everything gets a lot simpler and base points cease to matter! Non-dealer 4-5: 8000 (2000/4000) 6-7: 12000 (3000/6000) 8-10: 16000 (4000/8000) 11-: 24000 (6000/12000) Full points (Limit Hand): 32000 (8000/16000) Dealer 4-5: 12000 (4000) 6-7: 18000 (6000) 8-10: 24000 (8000) 11-: 36000 (12000) Full points (Limit Hand): 48000 (16000)
So after three hand points things get a lot easier! So I would just remember that for the time being and those are the most common points to score.
However, one last annoying thing is that there is a different chart for All-pairs and Peace hand.
Non-Dealer
Hand Points -> | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
Peace | 1000 | 2000
(400/700) |
3900
(700/1300 |
7700
(1300/2600) |
All-Pairs | 1600
(400/800) |
3200
(800/1600) |
6400
(1600/3200) |
Dealer
Hand Points -> | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
Peace | 1500 | 2900
(700) |
5800
(1300 |
11600
(2600) |
All-Pairs | 2400
(800) |
4800
(1600) |
9600
(3200) |
After the 4 hand points it just starts to follow the 5 hand point values which makes things a lot better!
Put off now? I think I am! This is possibly not the most ideal way of explaining or teaching it so I think I might try it out on the people here and see if we can come up with a better way of explaining the whole thing. Next column I’ll try and work through some examples and also post up the remaining charts for base points over 50. You’ll have all the materials you need for scoring then and hopefully with a few examples the entire ordeal will be a lot clearer!
I took all the numbers for the charts from a book so if there are any mistakes I blame them, or my transcribing! Either way please post up so I can rectify the problem.
Finally, I shall leave you with a question. Why does Peace hand and All-pairs not follow the scoring system that uses the base points? I’ll demand an answer from one of our pros if no one else knows!
Good luck going through these charts! And remember the best way to learn is practice! Set yourself questions, or even better make up a question and post it up here and have us all look at it and argue over it. You lot are probably helping me more than the other way round anyway!
Thank you for reading this far! Until next week!
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