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Berkeley Riichi Mahjong is a place to play competitive Japanese Riichi Mahjong. We use modern Japanese riichi rules and have a rulebook. Whether you are a seasoned player that wants play competitively, or a curious beginner that wants to learn how to play, we welcome you to play with us!

Berkeley Riichi Mahjong is part of the Pacific Mahjong League - an ever growing network of riichi players serious about learning and playing the game.

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Learn to play Riichi mahjong! Message me for the address if you're new.

Learn to play Riichi Mahjong and League Play

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Join us and learn how to play Japanese Riichi Mahjong! All materials provided and teachers will be on hand. Message Bichen for the address. Schedule 2:00pm: Introduction to Mahjong 3:00pm: Playing and Learning 5:00pm: Learn to Play Ends After the event we will grab dinner together - new players are welcome to join us. Brand new players should plan to be at the event within 10 minutes before or after 2pm. For our League players, you can attend this meetup to get in a couple league games! 5:00pm: League Play Begins We will play up to 4 league games a week. You must play 8 games a season to qualify for league finals. League Format League Games are 1 hour long and start per the scheduled time. Players wishing to play league must be here at least 5 minutes prior to the start of league games (which is 5:00pm). All players will be assigned to tables. Late players, or those waiting for a game, will be rotated in. Rule Changes for Winter-Spring 2017 League • Chonbo is now a 10,000 point penalty off your total score after the game has ended (after uma calculations). The points are removed from the game entirely. • At the end of the game, riichi bets or penalty points on the table are no longer returned. The points are removed from the game entirely. • Any hand that is started or played in the last 5 minutes of the game is now considered the last hand. • Kanpao-nashi - This rule is no longer used. Should you kan a tile that another player dropped, and then win on the replacement tile, the win shall be considered a tsumo. Online Scoring All scores will be recorded online at the end of every game and players will be able to see their updated ranking immediately. As part of the scoring, every hand played will be logged into the system. League Rules Hanchan 25,000 points starting Uma 25-10-(-10)-(-25) 60 minutes Akadora-nashi Atamehane-nashi Multiple players can win off the same discard. Only the player nearest to the discarder wins bonus points and riichi bets, if any. Double or triple ron okay. Atozuke-ari Ippatsu-ari Kandora-ari Kanuradora-ari Kuikae-nashi The penalty for discarding an illegal tile is a dead hand. Kuitan-ari Nagashimangan-nashi Pao-nashi Renchan-ari Renhou-ari Mangan points are awarded for renhou. Ryanhanshibari-nashi Tobi-nashi Uradora-ari Chonbo 10,000 point penalty off your total score after the game has ended (after uma). Bad ron without revealing hand: Dead hand Bad ron with revealing hand: Chonbo Bad pon/chi: No penalty. Revealed tiles count towards 5 total revealed for chonbo penalty. Incomplete Games Games are to be finished within 60 minutes. In the event a game is not already finished, the 'last hand' of the game will be the one that is played while there are fewer than 5 minutes remaining. All bets or penalty points on the table will be removed from the game. The final score will be taken. Etiquette No elbows on the table. All calls must be audible to be legitimate. So as not to disturb the focus of other players, loud voices and unnecessary chatting should be kept to a minimum. Turns should be 10 seconds long at most, while the average turn should be 5 seconds long or less. Winning: The player should clearly announce the win, reveal their hand, declare the yaku, and declare the total points owed. Players will be expected to know point totals for their hands. In lieu of this, players will be expected to learn point tables and scoring during their off time during league play. No food in the mahjong room. Drinks must be on the side tables. Unless specifically required or allowed, players should wait for their turn outside of the mahjong room. Getting to PML Berkeley Mahjong is within walking distance to both Ashby and Downtown Berkeley Bart Station. Otherwise if you are driving, please carpool when possible and try not to inconvenience the neighbors when parking.

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Standard Pacific Mahjong Rules with recorded scores! See here for rules: https://www.meetup.com//pacificml/events/bmktrnywmbwb/?showDescription=true Message me for the address.

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Learn to play Riichi mahjong! Message me for the address if you're new.

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