Step 2: The Players
Mah Jongg is played by four players, each player is assigned a Wind (East, South, West, or North). The Wind of the Round must also be decided. The significance of the Wind of the Round (and your own Wind) is that if you collect three or four tiles (a Pung or a Kong) of either of these Winds your score will be higher. The player who is East Wind starts the Game.
All players place their tiles on stakes. Three stakes are black and these are given to the South, West and North Wind players. The remaining stake is red and this is given to the East Wind player.