Remember this hand?
The caption speaks for itself. Its a stupidly good hand.
And this is how it ended up. As one blog puts it – you have a better chance of getting hit by lightning twice than getting this hand.
But, did you guys know that beside the yakuman said in the manga, if possible rules or ruleset are played – this hand could become a stacked yakuman?
Yakuman # 1 – Kazoe Yakuman (Counted Yakuman)
So let’s start with the one that everyone knows.
1 han – Rinshan Kaihou
5 han – Chinitsu
2 han – Toitoi
2 han – San Ankou
2 han – San Kantsu
1 han – Red dora
For a total of 13 han – A Counted Yakuman.
Now let’s go to the less common ones.
Yakuman # 2 – Suu Renkou
Suu Renkou is a yakuman obtained if you have four pons/kong in the same suit with four consecutive numbers. This yakuman can be obtained even when the hand is exposed.
Now, lets take a look…
Do we have 4 pons/ kan ? 1-1-1-1 / 2-2-2-2/ 3-3-3-3 / 4-4-4
Is the number consecutive? 1-2-3-4
Does it belong to the same suit? Yup.
Best of all unlike suu ankou, this yakuman can be exposed. So no worries about Saki calling daiminkan on Koromo’s 1-pin.
Now if we add the limit hands possible under Chinese Classical Mahjong.
Yakuman # 3 – Gathering Plum blossom from the Roof
According to ancient Chinese logic 5 dots looks like a plum blossom. So when a player won a rinshan kaihou by drawing the 5 dots from the dead wall its an automatic yakuman.
Three guesses in what tile Saki last drew when she won by rinshan kaihou and the last two don’t count.
Yakuman # 4 – Three-fold fortune/ Two-Fold Fortune
If a player declares a Kan, draws a tile from the Dead Wall and immediately declares another Kan, then draws another tile from the Dead Wall and immediately declares Mahjong, the hand is said to be a Three-fold fortune/ Two-fold Fortune hand and is scored accordingly, regardless of the tiles it contains.
Hey, how many consecutive kans did Saki called?
That means Saki qualified for this yakuman. TWICE.
One is this the last hand in the tournament. The other hand is the first 3 kan that she called which allowed her measly 2k hands to a 24k baiman, if Two fold fortune is allowed it will be 2k blooming into 96k points ( 2 times yakuman as a dealer).
Thus, if all possible variation of limit hands are allowed and counted. Saki got:
1 x Kazoe Yakuman
1 x Suu Renkou
1 x Gathering Plum blossom from the Roof
1 x Two Fold Fortune
That means Saki got a theoretical 4 x Yakuman.
Beside this, if Saki drew the 1-pin herself – her hand will qualify for suu ankou since it is no longer exposed making this hand a possible 5 x yakuman. Lol. Mahjong is fun. But, you guys know that.
Regarding the Classical Chinese Mahjong Ruleset there is also a limit hand called Plucking the Moon from the Bottom of the Sea which is winning a haitei on the one-pin. Lol.
I pity who will be fighting Saki and Koromo if they are using the Classical Chinese Mahjong Ruleset. They’re normal 1-han finishing move can become a full blown yakuman.