How to play the Dreidel game

An important FYI.

Hanukkah - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "The dreidel is the centerpiece of a game which is often played after the lighting of the Hanukkah menorah, to keep the children interested during the short time the candles are burning. Each player starts out with 10 or 15 coins, nuts or other markers, and places one marker into the 'pot'. The first player spins the dreidel, which lands with one of its symbols facing up, indicating the appropriate action to be taken, corresponding to one of the following Yiddish words:

* Nun - nisht - 'not' - the next player spins
* Gimel - gants - 'all' - the player takes the entire pot
* Hey - halb - 'half' - the player takes half of the pot, rounding up if there is an odd number
* Shin - shtel ayn - 'put in' - the player puts one or two markers in the pot

Another version differs in that nun is nem - 'take', while gimel is gib - 'give'. The game may last until one person has won everything."

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