Pair Name

Under the Gee Joon are the pairs (Bo), which can be made up of matched or unmatched tiles that have the same totals. In order of rank from high to low, they are:

6-6 & 6-6 Heaven
1-1 & 1-1 Earth
4-4 & 4-4 Man
3-1 & 3-1 Goose
5-5 & 5-5 Flower
3-3 & 3-3 Long
2-2 & 2-2 Board
6-5 & 6-5 Hatchet
6-4 & 6-4 Partition
6-1 & 6-1 Long Leg Seven
5-1 & 5-1 Big Head Six
6-3 & 5-4 Jaap Gow – mixed nine
6-2 & 5-3 Jaap Bart – mixed eight
5-2 & 4-3 Jaap Chut – mixed seven
4-1 & 3-2 Jaap Ng – mixed five
There is no numeric order to this ranking, so you just have to learn them.

Wongs

The next level of hands beneath the Bo are called Wongs. They are a nine paired with a double play bazaar six or double one. The double six combinations outrank the double one combinations.

6-6 6-3
6-6 5-4
1-1 6-3
1-1 5-4
Gongs

The third level of hands are called Gongs. They are a eight paired with a double six or double one. The double six combinations outrank the double one combinations.

6-6 5-3
6-6 4-4
1-1 5-3
1-1 4-4
Other Hands

If you do not have any of these hands, then add up all the pips on the two tiles and take the total, modulus ten (i.e. keep the last digit of the total as your score). This is the part that is like Baccarat.

Breaking Ties

After all of this, in the event of a tie, the ranking is settled based on individual tile values. From high to low the tiles are ranked and named:

t
Tile(s) Name
6-6 Teen
1-1 Day
4-4 Yun
3-1 Gor
5-5 Mooy
3-3 Chong
2-2 Bon
6-5 Foo
6-4 Ping
6-1 Tit
5-1 Look
6-3 & 5-4 Gow
6-2 & 5-3 Bot
6-1 & 5-2 Chu
4-2 Luk (part of Gee Joon)
4-1 Ng
3-2 Ng
2-1 Saam (part of Gee Joon)
The 4-2 and 2-1 tiles are scored by how they are played, but they are the lowest ranking single tiles.

Tips for Playing

About 80% of the time, you should play your hand by using the following strategy:

  1. Look for pairs and look for unmatched pairs which are harder to see.
  2. Play the 6-6 or 1-1 with any tile totaling 7, 8 or 9.
  3. Play the two smallest tiles that total to 7, 8 or 9.
    Every hand can be played three different ways, so be careful. Getting a very good high hand can lead to a very weak low hand and result in a tie. However, a more balanced high and low hand can result in a win.

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