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Three-Handed Mah Jongg  (Article ID 102)

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Abstract: In three-handed mah jongg, the walls are built just as in four-handed mah jongg. Tiles are dealt out to the three players but not to the empty seat. The Charleston is omitted from this version of the game.

Question from a player:  How can we play with only three players? 
 
Answer from the NMJL“The three players draw tiles from the wall. Wall without a player does not draw any tiles. East takes the 1st tile, the next player takes the next tile, 3rd player takes the next tile, with East picking, their 14th tile.   The Charleston is omitted, and East starts the game by discarding one tile.”

 Source: Mah Jongg Made Easy 2020 page 26, https://www.nationalmahjonggleague.org


Other answers from the NMJL:

The three players draw tiles from the wall.  Blank wall does not draw any tiles.  The Charleston is omitted, and East starts the game by discarding one tile.” 
 
“Build four walls.  The three player draw tiles from the wall.  Missing player does not draw any tiles.  Charleston is omitted and East starts the game by discarding one tile.”  
 
Source for other answers:  National Mah Jongg League Bulletin Q&A (2005,  2011, 2014, 2015, 2016) 

Three-Handed Mah Jongg  (Article ID 102)
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