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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 should be called dead. Here are several scenarios that determine what happens next:

  • If the picked tile has not been racked, it should be returned to the same place in the wall.
  • If the picked tile was placed in their rack, it should remain in the rack.
  • If the tile was discarded, it should remain on the table. 
  • If a player picks out of turn and that player discards resulting in another player declaring mah jongg, the player who picked out of turn pays the winner four times the value of the hand and the other players do not pay. 

Question from a player: A player in my game picked out of turn. The player’s hand is dead. What happens to the tile?
 
Answer from the NMJL:  If the tile is racked, it remains in the player’s hand. If it has been thrown, it remains on the table. If the tile is in the player’s hand when someone notices, it goes back into the same position in the wall.

Source:  Mah Jongg Made Easy (2020 page 16, page 21 #19 [e]); National Mah Jongg League Bulletin (2022)


Other answers 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.” 

“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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