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Simultaneous Call for a Discard to Expose (Article ID 93)

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Abstract:  When two players call the same tile, the player next in turn gets the tile. However, if two players call the same tile and one player has started to expose their tiles, then they are entitled to the tile regardless if they are next in line to pick. The league states, “This rule is not meant to encourage aggressive play.  Slamming tiles or racing to put up an exposure is poor sportsmanship, not supported by the league.”

Question from a player:  Two players called for the same tile for an exposure.  The second player who called started to make her exposure but next in turn announced that she wanted that tile also.  Who is entitled to the tile?  
 
Answer from the NMJL:  “When two players want the same tile for an exposure, the nearest in turn to the discarder gets preference, unless the other player has exposed or started to expose their tiles.  This rule is protection for the player who properly called and exposed, but then next in line player decides they also want that tile.  If exposed hand had to be put back, player’s hand would be compromised, everyone knowing which tiles player needed.  This rule is not meant to encourage aggressive play.  Slamming tiles or racing to put up an exposure is poor sportsmanship, not supported by the league.” 

Source:  Mah Jongg Made Easy 2020 page 20 #13


 Other answers from the NMJL: 

“When two players want the same tile for an exposure, the nearest in turn to the discarder gets preference, unless the other player has exposed or started to expose their tiles.”

“Just as long as the player started to make her exposure, next in turn was TOO LATE.”  
 
Sources for other answers:  National Mah Jongg League Bulletin Q&A (2013, 2020)  https://www.nationalmahjonggleague.org

Simultaneous Call for a Discard to Expose (Article ID 93)
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