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Tenbou 「点棒」 are the point sticks used to keep track of scores. In a sense, these sticks may be viewed as the game's "currency". When points are exchanged between players, they may either give exact values or give values while requiring some change. Some gambling games may actually tie these point sticks to money.

In the event of honba, players use 100 point sticks and add them to the round indicator. These merely serve as markers, and when a dealer rotation occur, players keep their 100 point sticks used to keep track of the honba count, after a dealer rotation.

100 point stick
1000 point stick
5000 point stick
10000 point stick

At the start of the game, players begin with the regular 25,000 points:

  • A single 10,000 stick
  • Two 5,000 sticks
  • Four 1,000 sticks
  • Ten 100 sticks

Naturally, if players wish to change the starting value for the game, they may do so by adjusting this distribution.

Colored tenbou

Most sets come with white tenbou. Some come with colored tenbou, or they can be ordered separately. The color coding allows for quick identification of individual stick values. This allows players to produce the proper payment amounts as well as fast verification during exchanges. Furthermore, a separate color can be used to denote a 500 point stick to replace five 100 point sticks.

Point exchanges

Given the scores on the score table, certain amounts can be exchanged efficiently via larger score payments while receiving change. Naturally, various score amounts can also be paid exactly while via efficient exchanges. The following are some specific examples:

Payment Amount paid Tenbou Amount returned Tenbou
3900 5000 5k stick 1100 1k stick + 100 stick
8000 10000 10k stick 2000 Two 1k sticks
11600 12000 10k stick + two 1k sticks 400 Four 100 sticks

External links

Tenbou in Japanese Wikipedia