A pung (declared as pung, peng, pon) is a set of three identical tiles. These are pungs:

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These are pungs

Developing a Pung

A pung that is composed of tiles from your hand (drawn from the wall or originally dealt) is a called concealed pung. If you have a concealed pung in your hand, you have no obligation to announce/reveal it.

A pung that is composed of tiles from your hand and a recent discard is called a melded pung. If you want to use the most recently discarded tile in a pung, you must already have two concealed tiles in your hand that match the discard. You must:

  1. Declare “pung”.
  2. Take the discard. (Do not place the discard in your hand).
  3. Lay down the three tiles of the pung face-up as a set in front of your hand.
  4. Discard a tile.

If nobody claims the discard, play resumes with the player to the right. Note that some players might get their turns skipped.


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Two concealed identical tiles + discarded matching tile = melded pung

Order of Claims

If players claim the same discard, a pung or kong supersedes a chow. However, a claim of mahjong trumps all other claims.

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