3 Patterns for Using 3 Tiles (Multiple Wait Basics pt01)
This comes up very often. If there are 3 tiles for your wait, it is called a San-Men-Chan. There are various patterns, but the basic form of a San-Men-Chan is this shape. It’s a【Riyan-Men wait】＋【Riyan-Men wait】.
The maximum amount of tiles remaining are 11 tiles. (Of course, if the tiles are already discarded, or if other players are using them, the actual tiles available will differ)
※ A Riyan-Men wait’s tile is called “Suji”. If you don’t know the basics of “Suji”, please refer to the link below.
▼ Now here is the 2nd pattern…
This is a shape progressing from a No-Be-Tan wait. It is essentially a【Tanki wait】＋【Tanki wait】＋【Tanki Wait】. This is also a common shape that you will encounter, so some may call this shape a No-Be-Tan as well.
The maximum amount of tiles remaining are 9 tiles.
▼ Next, is the 3rd pattern…
This is a【No-Be-Tan wait】＋【Riyan-Men wait】and is also very common. Similar to the 3455678 shape below, it has the same value meaning as【Riyan-Men wait】＋【No-Be-Tan wait】.
The maximum amount of tiles remaining are 9 tiles. You must pay attention for this wait when aiming for Pin-Fu.
So depending on the tile you win on, there are cases where it will or will not become Pin-Fu. It will be easy once you memorize it, but let’s remember these shapes.
These 3 shapes are very common so mastering these are key for your Mahjong game. Next we will go over 10 patterns for using 3 tiles. Once you understand this, you will no longer be afraid of multiple wait shapes.