After the calculation of the tile points and doubles and possible rounding the total
score is compared with Limit points (specified on the **Extra payments and Rounding **page
under the **Scoring **section in the category tree of the **Preferences **dialog
box). If the total exceeds the Limit, it is normally cut down to the specified sum
(traditionally 500 points).

Notice that penalties, bonus for dealer's extra hand and winning a Goulash deal and kitty are paid after applying the limit (and after calculating possible payment doubles).

In the American Modern rule preset the limit is applied in a special way for losers. Instead of using it directly on the final score (as is the case with the winner), the difference of final scores (before payment doubles) is used as the criterion for cutting down points exceeding the limit.

**Example.** If the limit is 500 points and player A's final score is 660
points and player B's score 100 points, the difference of their scores is 560 points,
which is cut off to 500 points. This is the amount that B pays to A. Normally A's score
would first be cut off to 500 points, in which case he would receive only 400 points from
player B. Notice however, that if player A or B is East, he will normally receive/pay
double.

To specify this rule, check the **Apply to score difference (losers) **box
on the **Payments **option page.

If a Faan-Laak or Mangan settling table is used to determine the final score,
the concept of Limit points becomes more complex. The specified amount of Limit points
only indicates the base unit that is used in the settling table to determine multiples of
limit paid for exceptionally valuable hands. The actual maximum final score is determined
by the highest value specified in the settling table. (Note however that certain
hands may specify direct scoring which exceeds the maximum specified by the
settling table; for more information, see *Exceptions* below.)

E.g., in Hong Kong Mah Jong, which uses the Chinese Faan-Laak system, the Limit (laak) is 16 points which is given for a hand worth 4 faans. But the actual maximum final score is 3 laaks (base limit doubled twice, i.e. 400% of the base limit) resulting in 64 points and is given for hands worth 10 faans or more.

In Japanese Modern Mah Jong, where the Mangan scoring system is used, the base Limit is 2,000 points. The actual maximum final score is 400% of the Limit (8,000 points) given for hands worth 13 han or more.

- If a single pattern has a scoring assignment that exceeds the limit (e.g., if the hand has a scoring value of 800 points and the limit is 500 points, or if the scoring value is 150% of the limit), that value is used directly (and scoring for other patterns is ignored), instead of cutting down the final score to limit points (or using the highest value of a settling table).
- If multiple
limit hands are allowed (by using the
**Allow multiple Limit hands**option on the**Limit & Special Hands**option page), scoring for limit hands – ones specified in*% of Limit*unit or in*points*unit, but exceeding the current limit – can be cumulative.

**Related topics:**

Basic scheme of calculation

Basic tile points

Scores for basic sets

Scores for Flowers and Seasons

Scores for patterns based on Chows

Scores for patterns based on Pungs and Kongs

Scores for patterns based on the whole hand

Scores for miscellaneous patterns

Scores for winning

Limit and Special hands – Classical

Limit and Special hands – Serpents

Limit and Special hands – Pairs

Limit and Special hands – Special ways of going out

Limit and Special hands – American hands

Limit and Special hands – Miscellaneous**
**Doubling table

Settling tables

Rounding

**Procedures:
**Printing scoring items

Renaming scoring items

Resetting the names of scoring items

Inclusion and scoring of hands and patterns