Scoring variations

Payments to winner – Japanese scheme

This payoff scheme is used in Japanese versions of Mah Jong. If the winning tile is self-drawn, all pay normally; if the winning tile is a discard, discarder pays for all. East receives and pays (for himself only) double. 

The Japanese payoff scheme accentuates the importance of careful discards. It is often advantageous, especially in the end of the deal, to sacrifice “good” tiles if you can be sure that they can be safely put away.  In addition, the point differences between players tend to be bigger, because one unlucky discard may cost a player several hundreds, even thousands of points


  East Discarder Others Total
East self-drawn 2 6
Non-East self-drawn 2 1 4
East on discard 6 0 6
Non-East on East's discard 4 0 4
Non-East on Non-East's discard 0 4 0 4
To enable the payment option:
  1. Choose Preferences on the File menu.
  2. Choose a customized rule preset from the Rule presets list.
  3. Choose Payments under the Scoring section in the category tree of the Preferences dialog box.
  4. Check the When the winning tile is a discard, only the discarder pays box.
  5. From the Payments to Winner list, select Japanese.

Variations to the payment method:
Pay to winner only
Pay between all players
Only add up scores
Payments to winner Chinese Classical scheme
Payments to winner Chinese Modern scheme
Payments to winner Chinese Official/Taiwanese scheme
Payments to winner Mahjong Masters Million scheme
Payments to winner Internet Mahjong Server scheme
Payments to winner Wilmington Advanced 12-Tile scheme
Payments to winner Simple scheme
Payments to winner WMPA scheme
Payments to winner Customized scheme
Payments to winner Each loser always pays the minimum
Payments to winner East receives double
Payments between losers East pays and receives double

Related topics:
Creating and managing custom rule presets
Initial and Limit points
Logic of scoring system
Inclusion and scoring of hands and patterns
Settling tables