What You Need To Play
- 1 Dreidel (or, accelerate the pace of the game by supplying each player with his/her own dreidel)
- 2 or more players (the more the merrier!)
- The “Ante”—nuts, pennies, nickels, chocolate coins, nuts, or just about anything else…
- Flat Surface (such as floor or wide table) for dreidel spinning
How To Play
- All players sit around the playing area.
- The “ante” is equally divided amongst all players.
- Everyone takes a turn at spinning the dreidel; the one with the highest spin has first turn. (Nun is highest, then gimmel, hey, and shin.) If there is a tie for highest, those who tied spin again.
- Everyone puts one unit of the ante (penny, nut, etc.) into the pot.
- The one who has first turn is followed in clockwise direction by all the others.
- Player A spins the dreidel
Nun – Nothing Happens – Next Person Spins
Gimmel – Spinner gets the whole pot and everyone puts a new bet into the pot
Hey – You take Half the pot. In case amount uneven, take the lesser amount
Shin – Spinner must add another coin to the pot
Game ends when everyone gets tired of it sometime before next Chanukah