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White Dragon as a Zero  (Article ID 104)

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Abstract:  The White Dragon (Soap) was chosen to represent a zero because it is a blank tile. Since blank is equivalent to nothing, it is considered to be a zero. This ruling is not found in Mah Jongg Made Easy.

Question from a player:  Why is a White Dragon used as a zero? 
Answer from the NMJL:  “Our reasoning, White Dragon is a blank tile.  Blank is nothing and nothing is zero.  When used as a zero it has no matching suit.  Only a joker can be used in its place.”  
Source: Mah Jongg Made Easy (not included); National Mah Jongg League Bulletin Q&A (1981 page 5, 2000 page 5)

White Dragon as a Zero  (Article ID 104)
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