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Player Picks Out of Turn (Article ID 70) 

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Abstract:  If a player picks out of turn their hand is dead, and they discontinue play.  

If a player picks out of turn resulting in another player’s mah jongg, the player who picks out of turn pays the winner four times the hand’s value. The other players do not pay. 

Question from a player:  If a player picks out of turn is the player’s hand dead?  What happens if a player picks out of turn and their discard results in a mah jongg for another player? 
 
Answer from the NMJL:   Picking out of Turn: If a player picks out of turn the player’s hand is “dead.” If a player discards a tile that was claimed for Mah Jongg, but went out of turn, the game stops. The discarder pays 4x’s the value of the hand to the winner.” 

Source:  Mah Jongg Made Easy (2020 page 21 #19 [e] & 16)


Other answers from the NMJL: 

“The player’s hand is dead.” 
 
“The player who went out of turn pays the declarer of mah jongg four times the value of the hand.  Other players do not pay.” 
 
“Player went out of turn.  Player discarded a tile that was claimed for mah jongg, but player went out of turn.  Game ends and player who discarded out of turn pays declarer four times the value of the hand.  Other players do not pay.” 
 
“Player discarded a tile which was claimed for mah jongg.  Player who discarded the tile went out of turn.  Game ends on the declaration of mah jongg and the player who discarded out of turn pays declarer of mah jongg four times the value of the hand.  Other players do not pay.” 
 
“If a player discarded a tile that was claimed for mah jongg, but player went out of turn, the game stops and player who discarded out of turn pays declarer four times the value of the hand.  Other players do not pay.  If the player discarded a tile that is claimed for an exposure, the call is honored, and the game continues.”  
 
Source for other answers: National Mah Jongg League Bulletin Q&A (1993 page 13, 1997 page 6, 2000 page 6, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008,  2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2019) https://www.nationalmahjonggleague.org

Player Picks Out of Turn (Article ID 70) 
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