Mahjong Poker may seem complicated, but its rules are simple. It is patented as a Las Vegas-style casino table game. Mahjong Poker was developed using mathematical analyses, and is one of the newer games that stretch beyond the traditional Blackjack and Texas Hold ’Em. Seasoned poker players who like the challenge of mathematical gaming, computer simulation and the gaming industry in general, enjoy Mahjong Poker. The game is played in many venues, including church events, family gatherings and ceremonial celebrations, as well as in casinos, where it is known as Mahjong Poker, Inc.
The Rules of Mahjong Poker
The Mahjong Poker deck is made up of 82 cards with green, red and black suits. Each suit has 27 cards numbered A-9. There are three identical cards for each number, and one joker. Players focus on three combinations of two cards, three cards and five cards. The game begins with Tian Hu, the initial bet. Minimum and maximum bets are determined by the house. A “Hu” is the 3-card set and 2-card pair, and is shown in the forms of flushes, trips, two-pair, straights or runs and one pair. Players may also bet on the dealer’s cards. The bet is known as a bonus.
All players are dealt six cards, face down. The players may see their cards. Any player who can make a Hu from five of the six cards may declare a Tian Hu and show the cards. The player is paid five times the original bet, plus the bet itself, or 5-1. A Flush Hu pays 5.5-1. After the cards are shown and the bet paid, the player is no longer in the game unless the player made a bonus bet. Players with Hus do not have to declare Tian Hu. They can choose to stay in the game, and discard. The remaining players have the option to double their original Tian Hu bet.
At this point, players discard two and the dealer gives two new cards. If players have a “Hu,” they can declare Di Hu and show the cards. Standard Hus on this round pay 2-1. The flush pays 2.5-1. Those who doubled down and declare Di Hu are paid four times their original Tian Hu bet, and five times if it’s a flush. Again, players declaring a Di Hu are no longer in the game unless they made a bonus bet. The dealer scoops up the double down bets for players left in the game.
The players left in the game have two choices. They may fold or place a Fa Hu bet. It may equal or double the Tian Hu bet. They discard two. The dealer places four community cards. If the Joker comes up, the dealer replaces it. Players who can form a Hu from their four cards and four of the community cards is paid their Tian Hu and Fa Hu bets. They then exit the game, but may still win on the bonus bets, if they made them. If all players are out of the game, then all who made bonus bets are paid.
Players still in the game can fold or make another bet, the Ting Hu. The Ting Hu is one to three times the size of the Fa Hu bet. Two more community cards are dealt. Players who can make a Hu out of the 10 cards, using at least one of the cards they hold and four community cards at the most, wins their Tian Hu, Fa Hu and Ting Hu bets. Flushes pay half of the Tian Hu bet, in addition to the three bets just listed. Any player who is not able to make a Hu, loses.
The last play focuses on the six community cards for the bonus bets. Straight flushes pay 1,000-1. Three pairs are 60-1, as are two triplets. One triplet is 30-1, and the Hu is 15-1. Flushes with all six cards of the same suit pay 15-1. If the six cards do not show bonus combinations, all players lose their bonus bets.
The Shoot Out Mahjong Poker Game
Shoot Out may be compared to Texas Hold ’Em, however, there are different rules. Winning combinations include two pair of a single suit, straights with three cards must be of a single suit and trips with three cards are of a single suit. Cards are not ranked from low to high. Straights and trips are equal. The best five cards out of eight make the hand, and compete with the dealer’s five cards. Shoot Out lets players discard one and receive one from the dealer for a fee. This increases the house’s revenue. Shoot Out mathematics were developed by computer professionals, who were already graduated.
The mastermind behind Mahjong Poker is an electrical engineer, who holds a Phd. The method of play for Shoot Out uses Mahjong Poker cards and rules from the Mahjong game. It is faster than the Mahjong Poker game with the potential for 180 hands with six players at 30 rounds per hour. Mahjong Poker Gold boasts 60 hands per hour, and requires higher wagers than Shoot Out. Wagers for Mahjong Poker are three times the house’s minimum. Shoot Out is two times the house’s minimum.
Mahjong in Action
It is easier to play Mahjong Poker is one understands traditional Mahjong, a Chinese game. It is played with decorative tiles instead of cards. Four players sit around a square table and aim to draw four sets of three, plus a pair. Values of bets are established before the game begins. All players must ante the established bet at the beginning of the game.
Mahjong is made up of 136 tiles with 34 kinds, and four of each kind. There are three suits, just like Mahjong Poker, however, the game is much more complex than the poker version. Other tiles, like Winds, Red, White and Green Dragons, and flower tiles. The tiles are placed in the center of the table in no particular fashion. Each player builds a wall, which is 17 tiles long and two tiles high. Four walls form a square. The square is communal, and the play begins.
There are at least two theories on Mahjong. One suggest the game was developed by Confucius because the tiles appear to coincide with his journey and teachings. The second theory rests on a card game, Ma Diao from the Ming Dynasty. It consisted of suits, numbers and flowers, and was later changed to tiles for easier play. Mahjong was originally a game of only the rich. If other people were caught playing, they were penalized. In 500 after the Common Era, the penalty was abolished and the game opened to everyone.