Yes, with the remaining tiles that can be in other players' hands it's hard to make runs:Mauro wrote:Do you mean the tiles visible on the whole board?DdR_Dan wrote:Sanshoku which is normally rare is even harder with the character tile suit distribution
Yes, if the call was any combined wait with 2p. For example, if they pon 111p and discard 2p, or if they chii 234p discard 2p, then the tiles around there probably safe now, since they completed their wait in the area, and other areas are more dangerous. There are probably some exceptions.Mauro wrote:Does the type of call (run in the same suit, in another suit, pon) change how much dangerous 6p (and, in general, the tiles near 2p) is?One reason to hold on to and then discard 2 is because you have 24, and then you draw a 5, and your wait changes from 3 only to 3/6. If you instead call and then discard 2, you didn't draw a 5 so that didn't happen. Things like 112, 122, 223, 233, 244, 224 are likely if the 2 was connected to a wait. Sometimes it can just be a lone 2 though. One other possibility is 246, and now the 5 could be their winning tile.
If the call was in any other area, then it's more likely the 2p was part of a combined wait. Sometimes, it becomes the pair instead though:
: In this case, if you pon 6m, you discard 2p which was part of a combined wait, but now it's the pair and your winning tile is somewhere else.
One thing I didn't think about before was they could have something like , and when they discard 2p, they do need 6p.
Now that I think about it, maybe it does matter if it's pon or chii. If you have 2 completed sets, and like the example farther above a pair, a pair+run wait, and a run wait, if you call pon, you discard next to the other pair and your wait is somewhere else. If you call chii, you discard next to the pair and at least one of your winning tiles is next to that tile. This is probably more common than having 3 pairs, so maybe you can make the rule that if it's pon and your discard isn't next to the pon, it's less likely that your winning tile is near that discard, and if it's chii, it's more likely. I've never thought about this before so I've never looked for it in matches but it sounds plausible. That's interesting to think about.