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Dead Hand Declaration Contested (Article ID 160)
Abstract: If a player declares another player’s hand dead and that player disagrees, the game is played as normal. At the end of the game, the player who was wrong pays the other player 50 points (i.e., 50 cents).
Question from a player: My hand was declared dead by another player but my hand was not dead. Is there a penalty for the other player?
Answer from the NMJL: If a player declares another player’s hand “dead” (and the player whose hand has been called “dead” disagrees) at the end of the game, the challenge is resolved. Whichever player was incorrect at the time of the challenge, pays the other player 50 cents.
Source: MJME 2020 pg 22 #23