It’s Hanukkah season and here’s your dreidel game refresher in fabric and thread. There are lots of variations, but this is the classic version as I learned it.
Start the Game
At the start of each round all players put a chocolate coin into the center pot.
The first player spins the dreidel, and when the dreidel stops the letter that faces up determines how much the player wins or loses…
Nun – Player wins nothing, All the coins stay in the pot
Gimmel – Player wins the whole pot
Hey – Player wins half the pot, The rest of the pot stays for the next round
Shin – Player puts another coin into the pot
Variation in Israel: Instead of a Shin there’ll be a Pey
Means the same as Shin – Player puts another coin into the pot
Dreidel passes to the next player for the next round
To start the next round the player passes the dreidel to the next player and everyone puts another chocolate coin into the pot.