A pung (declared as pung, peng, pon) is a set of three identical tiles. These are pungs:
|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:
- Declare “pung”.
- Take the discard. (Do not place the discard in your hand).
- Lay down the three tiles of the pung face-up as a set in front of your hand.
- 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.
|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.