An Example of a Luk Fu Pai Game
Illustrating the most common incidents occuring during play.

Four players sit with the dealer at South (S). The dealer shuffles the 37 cards (new pack minus the Leefa card) and then offers the pack to the player at his left which is at West (W). W cuts the pack and is allowed to look at the card which is on the bottom of his half of the pack, since it will be his at the end of the dealing. The dealer, S, then places W's half pack at the underneath the remaining half of the pack. S deals himself a card first. He then proceeds to deal anticlockwise around the table, so the second card will go to East (E) and then one card only to the Tsuk Mung player at North (N), and then to W. The dealer will now deal himself, E, and then West and back to himself again, etc. When all the cards are dealt, all active players S, E, and W will have 12 cards, whilst Tsuk Mung at N will have only one.

A little time is given to the players to sort their cards according to the best possible combinations. The dealer has first call to say whether he will 'Tsoh' or not. This means that if S thinks he can win the game, he will play. If not, he will say 'Um Tsoh' meaning his chances are not too good, so he passes the buck to his right hand player at E. E assesses his cards and says he will Tsoh or Um Tsoh. If he says Um Tsoh, then the buck passes onto the last active player. If likewise he does not think his cards are good, then the whole pack is shuffled again and a new hand is dealt.

First we have a look at the hands that have been dealt.

CARDS DEALTSome thoughts from our players
N .
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North sits opposite the dealer. As the

Tsuk Mung person N holds this card

without showing it to anyone, until

the game has been won by one of the

other players.```
S
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South is the dealer. S has three red

cards, and the choice of whether to

use the triple 3 combination, or the

123 Gon combination. Horizontal

combinations, of 123 Gon type are

generally harder to beat than triple

threes combination, however, one must

weigh whether the numerical value 123

and Gon suit are suitably high not to

be beaten. Judgement can be made

looking at the remaning cards that

s/he holds. South has the possibility

to win with the miniumum six cards,

and since he is the dealer, if he says

Tsoh, then he can open with whatever

card he chooses. This gives him a

the 123 combination is low in value,

he convinces himeself to Tsoh, because

Gon is a relatively high ranking suit,

and he has three Lao Sui red cards.

The winning score, will be one for

obtaining Luk Fu, then three bonus

points for the reds, making a score

of 4.

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E
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East sits at the dealer's right. E is

the next active player. He notes that

the only prominent combination that

s/he posseses is the Gok See, or All

4's combination. Apart from that, s/he

holds two red cards. The LeeTen card,

and the 9 Gon card. All the remaining

seven cards do not form any combinations.

Stuck with five cards, E will have no

choice but to say Um Tsoh if and when

it comes his way.```
W
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West is to the dealer's left. On the

whole, West observes that s/he has a

rather good set of cards. There is

the possibility of the 123 Sip

combination being high, because he

already holds the 5,6 and 8 Sip so

there will not be anything higher to

beat this high rank combination. The

fives combination looks good, but he

doesn't hold a value seven card, so

playing a triple five combination will

probably be hedging his bets. The 8

and 9 Ten cards are high cards,

playable only if he moves towards

winning. If and when he is able the

onus to Tsoh lands on her/him, s/he

will take the opportunity to do so.

If West wins, s/he will obtain Bat Fu

making three points and two red bonus

points, totaling 5 points altogether.

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The game proceeded in the following manner, using the Luk Fu recording shorthand the author has devised.

S p

• South has declared that he will Tsoh, and since this rules out E or W making this decision, so it is not recorded.
S 123g
E xxx
W 123s!

• South offers the 123 Gon suit combination.
• East has nothing which can beat this, so discards three cards, which can be any s/he deems low or not useful towards a possible victory.
• West beats South's cards and goes on to lead the next round.

All cards which have been revealed, that were beaten or not, remain revealed. The cards which have been discarded remain unrevealed. The winner of this round, places his winning cards near to her/himself, either in front, or to one side (usually the left side). The losing cards are placed near to the centre of the table, but unobscured, together with those that have been discarded.

W 5szt 9t 8t
S xxx
E xxx

• West now leading plays his triple five combination.
• Both South and East have no better cards, and would normally discard cards at this stage,

However, Since West now has six winning cards, s/he is asked how many winning cards s/he has, and he reveals two more, the nine and eight of the Ten suit. Since these are Lao Sui in that he is using them in winning, they cannot be beaten.

(Note that the red 8 Sip has not been used. This is because it is not Lao Sui unti the time 9 Sip has been revealed. Since 9 Sip has not been played during this example game, it can NOT be used towards the winning set.)

The cards that West holds are:

As we have said, this makes for 5 points. The person Tsuk Mung, reveals an eight :

and since this matches with one of the eight in the winning cards, North collects one point from each of the losers.

But it was South who said Tsoh, and lost. He in the state of Bao Su, forfeiting the points of two losing parties. East doesn't need to pay out because South is Bao Su. Therefore, the winning player at West recieves 5 points twice from South, and North who Tsuk Mung recieves 1 point twice from South again. In total South has forfeited 12 points, demonstrating the precarious nature of the player who says Tsoh. If it were money that was played for, then that would be 12 units of money from South altogether.

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