A dreidel is a four-sided spinning top with Hebrew letters on all four sides, traditionally played as a game on Hanukkah in Jewish homes all over the world, and rules may vary.
How to Play:
You will need:
2 or more players
betting tokens (poker chips, chocolate coins, shelled peanuts, etc.)
a flat surface for dreidel spinning
Step 1: Divide the tokens evenly among the players. (dole out a minimum of 10-15 tokens per person)
Step 2: Each player adds one token in the pot at the beginning of every round.
Step 3: Figure out your own solution on who goes first. (heads or tails, roll of the dice, paper rock scissors, eeny meeny miny moe, etc.)
Step 4: The players take turns spinning the dreidel once during their turn.
Step 5: If the dreidel lands on Nun ( נ) do nothing.
Step 6: If the dreidel lands on Gimmel ( ג) take all the tokens.
Step 7: If the dreidel lands on Hey ( ה) you win half the pot. (In case of an odd number of tokens, the player takes half of the total plus one.)
Step 8: If the dreidel lands on Shin ( ש) you have to put one of the tokens into the pot.
Step 9: Whenever the pot is empty or gets down to one token everyone adds a token.
Step 10: A player is out when he/she is out of tokens. Play continues until one player is in position of all the tokens.
And all those letters stand for:
Nes Gadol Hayah Sham