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Pretty much this is a game of Chinese dominos and you get 4 tiles and out of those 4 tiles you make 2 groups of 2 - which is the head and tail of your hand, the dots on your tiles determine the rank of your hand.

The tiles above are arranged in the top ranking groups of 2 to the lowest...

The best ranks are pairs or two of a kind same tile called 寶 or Treasures...

Next groups of twos in rank are 王 or Kings which consist of one Heaven天 tile and a 8 or 9 tile...

Next groups of twos are the 崗 or Sentries which consist of one Earth地 tile and a 8 or 9 tile...

Next groups of twos are the groups of 2 tiles that face values add up to a sum of 9 all the way down to a sum of 0...

So pretty much you arrange your tiles into your 2 groups of 2 tiles and the group of 2 tiles that ranks lower is your head and the other group left is your tail...compare your head against the heads of others and compare your tail to the tails of others...if you win both head and tail in comparison to others you win...lose both you lose...win or lose only the head/tail alone is a push...

I've heard and read lots of stories and gossip about why this ancient Chinese game got invented...and many of the stories are pretty dumb sounding...but I'll share the one that I was taught and which I think makes most sense...

Pretty much this is a game of Chinese dominos and you get 4 tiles and out of those 4 tiles you make 2 groups of 2 - which is the head and tail of your hand, the dots on your tiles determine the rank of your hand.

The tiles above are arranged in the top ranking groups of 2 to the lowest...

The best ranks are pairs or two of a kind same tile called 寶 or Treasures...

Next groups of twos in rank are 王 or Kings which consist of one Heaven天 tile and a 8 or 9 tile...

Next groups of twos are the 崗 or Sentries which consist of one Earth地 tile and a 8 or 9 tile...

Next groups of twos are the groups of 2 tiles that face values add up to a sum of 9 all the way down to a sum of 0...

So pretty much you arrange your tiles into your 2 groups of 2 tiles and the group of 2 tiles that ranks lower is your head and the other group left is your tail...compare your head against the heads of others and compare your tail to the tails of others...if you win both head and tail in comparison to others you win...lose both you lose...win or lose only the head/tail alone is a push...

I've heard and read lots of stories and gossip about why this ancient Chinese game got invented...and many of the stories are pretty dumb sounding...but I'll share the one that I was taught and which I think makes most sense...

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