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Fran Drescher & Modern Mahjong's Hybrid September 20-26, 2021 Mahjong Tournament for Cancer Schmancer

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Fran Drescher & Modern Mahjong invite you to play in our flexible on-line and/or in-person Mahjong Tournament to raise funds for Cancer Schmancer.

We do have a few groups looking for a fourth. Email us if you are interested.
Any questions, email . 


Cancer Schmancer’s mission is to save lives by transforming the nation’s current sick care system into one that focuses on genuine health care. They accomplish this with a three-pronged approach:

Prevention, Early Detection, Policy Change.    

We have chosen September to host this tournament to celebrate Fran's birthday, to recognize Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month and raise funds for Cancer Schmancer.

Our flexible hybrid mahjong tournament can be played anytime between Monday, September 20, 2021 through Sunday, September 26, 2021. 

About Modern Mahjong: We are a two woman-owned business, founded by Dara Collins and Donna Kassman, that sells Mahjong Dice™, mahjong gifts and accessories to enhance the beauty of mahjong game on this website, Since the inception of our business, we combine mahjong and mitzvah and strongly believe in giving back. Thank you for your support of our small women-owned business by checking out our Mahjong Dice™, mahjong gifts and accessories.  

Play can be on any of the following websites that play by NMJL rules including:

  • the NMJL Game by Sigma
  • Mahjong 4 Friends, and
  • in-person.  
  • You'll set up your own tables, keep track of your own scores, and play four rounds of four games (total of 16 for the entire tournament) on your own schedule!
  • At registration, please indicate the names of the other three players in your group.  If you have more than four in your group, feel free to change tables for each round.
  • It will be up each foursome to schedule the date(s) and time(s) of play and create their table on their desired platform. 
  • The tournament will consist of four rounds of four games each round over the course of the tournament. Players can enter as many four round tournaments as they wish to play by paying a separate registration fee. 
  • Entry fee is $25 per player for the four round tournament. A percentage of proceeds will be donated to Cancer Schmancer. 
  • If you don't have a foursome, you can either play with bots (and be entered for a different bot prize for the tournament.) Also, you can email us at and let us know what site you play on and what time zone you are in. We will do our best to match players in a table of four on your desired platform if possible. Please email us at to let us know you are looking for other players. 
  • Within a week before the tournament, you will receive information via email about the tournament including a Custom Modern Mahjong Score Sheet to complete for each game and each round. Scoring is the same value as the points on the card.
  • The winner of each game will be awarded the value of the hand on the 2021 NMJL card.
  • Bonus of 10 points for a self-picked mah jongg. This includes exchanging for a Joker and then calling mah jongg.
  • Bonus of 20 points for a winning hand with no Jokers (Jokerless hand) but not for hands in the Singles and Pairs section.
  • In a wall game, all players that do not have a dead hand are awarded 10 points for a wall game. A player that has a dead hand gets 0 points. Please note: Many sites allow you to call a player’s hand dead. If you are playing on a site that doesn’t call a hand dead, and another player alerts the table you are dead and you are, you get 0 points in a wall game.
  • Player discarding the tile that results in Mah Jongg:
  • Minus 10 points for two exposures 
  • Minus 25 points for three exposures
  • The tournament will kick off on Monday, September 20, 2021 at 9 a.m. EST (6 a.m. PST) Don't worry West coast players, you do not need to start playing that early or even on that day.
  • Play can take place at any time between the kick off and the close of the tournament.   
  • Players results must be emailed to by 9 p.m. EST (6 p.m. PST) on Sunday, September 26, 2021.
  • Depending on the number of players prizes and number of prizes awarded will increase. Initially, prizes will be awarded for first place through third place. 
  • The top six overall score winners in the Tournament will receive a signed photograph from Fran Drescher and a Cancer Schmancer Tote Bag. 
  • The players with the highest top three total scores for the entire four rounds will win Amazon gift cards.  The amount to be determined as players register. As more players enter, prize value and number of prizes increase. 
  • There will also be four prizes for the highest individual round scores. If there is a tie which results in more than 4 winners, the high score players will be placed in a raffle for their prizes. More information about prizes will be posted shortly. Prizes to be awarded will be posted before the tournament.
  • If the tournament started and you would still like to register, please email and we will try to accommodate your registration. 
  • Registration fees are not refundable after September 6, 2021. If after registration you cannot play, your registration fee will be included in the donation to Cancer Schmancer. 
  • We understand that each platform has slightly different nuances. We appreciate your understanding that we are trying to reach and include as many mahjong players that would like to take part so these differences will be overlooked.
  • More details will be on the Score Sheet and how East will verify the players scores at their table will be sent by email. Scoring will be based on the values of the 2021 NMJL card with:
  • bonus for Jokerless hands,
  • bonus for self-picked,
  • penalty for throwing a hot tile, and
  • 10 points will be awarded for wall games. 
  • With regards to a "dead hand":  While most platforms do have the ability for player's to call another player's hand dead if the website does not have that option, if a player’s hand is called dead by another player in the messages and/or in the game, and the hand is dead, they do not get points for a wall game. 
  • Please email if you have any questions. 
  • We are looking forward to our ModernMahjong tournament for Cancer Schmancer!