Ha mahjong qns. For what I know:
Hong Kong mahjong has only 144 tiles, no extras, and they play very fast, sometimes they game even before you are ready.
Singapore mahjong has 144 tiles plus the 8 animals, you collect more animals then you win more $.
Taiwan mahjong has 144 tiles plus 4 jokers, the joker tile will make or break a game.
Like photography, you need to practise more on mahjong to master the skill, but I am not encourgaing anyone to play mahjong here. Better spend your time on photography. Its a lot more fun.
Those in the link are not the HK style. The number of tiles is 16 for HK mahjong. They are played much faster. Usually for good novice you can complete 4 winds in 2 hrs and "tai tai" (read expert) class in 1 to 1.5 hr. The counting rules are a bit flexible depending on seriousness of game and who u play with. The cost of a game range widely depending on your group affordability and purpose. Can range for cost of a filter to cost of Hasselblad system. Of course there is the other class of millions. Actually this HK style is a misnomer as I was told by a HK expert (read tai tai) that it orignated from Taiwan and HK switch from the 13 tiles to this 16 tiles becos mainly of its speed and flexibility in counting.
Originally posted by SniperD wah... like that how... even if we play just the normal 40cts for chicken and 1 fan (tai)... but no limit to fans (tais)... den 40fans (tais).................. killer..heh heh heh