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Abstract: In a four-player game, East is what the NMJL refers to as “the pivot for the day.” After a round consisting of four games has been played, East switches seats (pivots) with the player to their right. East remains East for the day takes the dice with him to his new seat. The dice are then rolled again to determine the number of tiles to be counted to break the wall. After every round or four games, the same procedure is repeated. 

Question from a player: How do we exchange seats when we are playing a four-handed game?

Answer from the NMJL: “The NMJL has reconsidered the procedure for changing seats in a four-handed game in order to increase fairness for all four players. It is important to remember that the original East is the pivot for the day. After each round, which consists of four games, the pivot, who is the original East, changes seats with the player to the right. Please note that the pivot takes the dice to the new seat and uses them to determine the number of tiles counted to break the wall. After four more hands are played, the same procedure is repeated, with the pivot taking the dice, changing seats with the player on the right, and once again becoming East.”

Source: National Mah Jongg League Bulletin Q&A 2017

Player Rotation (Article ID 71)
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