Originating in China, Mahjong involves strategy, luck, and most importantly, skill. Due to the combination of these aspects of the game, Mahjong has become attractive to gamblers. As its popularity grew at land-based casinos, it was eventually added to the portfolio of one major online gaming developer: Playtech.
The game is played with 152 tiles that display various written Chinese characters. Every player receives 13 tiles and must complete a legitimate hand by collecting and abandoning tiles. Based on this sequence of actions, leading online gaming provider Playtech has created a fixed-odds version of Mahjong. At Playtech’s casinos, many variants are listed under the “Asian Games” section.
Japanese Solo Mahjong
The most basic version of the game is Japanese Solo Mahjong. The game is based on Japanese rules and is a single-player game, as opposed to the typical four-player variant. Players begin with a legal hand which is a single tile away from winning. In front of the player are 24 face-down tiles which the player must use to find the tile that finishes the hand. Each selected tile that does not complete the hand will be discarded with a message stating “No hand.”
If the hand is not finished in three selections, the game is over and the player loses their wager. If one of the selected tiles completes the hand, the player wins and a predetermined number of points are awarded. These points are then added to the score which determines the amount of money won.
The Calculation Of The Score
On the right side of the 24 tiles is the “Hand Information” area that showcases actions or bonuses that relate to the current game. The final score awarded to the player is based on the hand information. Other areas on the screen include the seat wind and quarter wind. Wind tiles that match the seat or quarter result in a special hand that increases the player’s overall score.
The other Playtech Mahjong game is WMF Solo Mahjong in which the scoring is consistent with the World Mahjong Federation rules. Since the scoring is automated, the rules do not concern the player. However, there is a “Help” area for those interested in the differences. The actual gameplay is identical to Japanese Solo Mahjong.
Each game is a new and exciting way to gamble. Since Mahjong has been played for thousands of years, it is only natural for the game to catch on at casinos. The simple rules with excellent payouts should be enough reason for you to give the game a try.