Kastel’s Guide to Mahjong for Beginning Saki Players


Table of Contents:

    1. Introduction
    2. Setting Up, Suits, and a Playthrough
    3. Dora, Matsumi Kuro, Uradora, and Akadora
    4. Open Hands, Pon, No Yaku, Yakuhai, Chii, Tanyao, Junchan, and Chanta
    5. Kan, Kandora, Kan Yakus, Kan Draw, and Rinshan Kaihou
    6. Draws, Abortive Draws, Dealer Extension
    7. Cheap Hands and When to Compromise
    8. 1-4-7 Rule and How 4 is a Dumb Number
    9. Websites and Games for Mahjong

A work in progress. (lol)


4 thoughts on “Kastel’s Guide to Mahjong for Beginning Saki Players

  1. Some guy who learnt mahjong from the guide in the past February 3, 2014 / 4:19 am

    Is the Mahjong guide ever gonna be complete? If not, please finish. It’d surely help others (maybe)

    • Kastel February 3, 2014 / 7:25 am


      • orionstar2k10 February 6, 2014 / 10:50 am

        Thanks, these help a lot – as you said in the earlier posts, many of the guides out there are hard to follow (especially as they combine both the japanese and the chinese equivalents and I get lost as to what I was looking for when I first started).

        I can say that what you’ve got here helped me understand what’s going on in Saki and found I can win against some AIs in some games. Having said that…

        Is there any more coming? Or is this it? I guess everything is laid out and it’s enough to get started, but I’d be nice to elaborate further on how to score and when to know what the throw away (as far as scoring goes) – like what to know when you can score big and when you should close down and win as fast as you can.

        Thanks for your work, really like your style~

      • Kastel February 8, 2014 / 4:25 am

        There will be one more about “losing”. I can’t really teach people about scoring because it’s so complicated. The Wikipedia article on it is quite useful.

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