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The Dreidel Game

To play this game one dreidel is used for two or more players. Each player begins with some coins, nuts, or other tokens. Every person then contributes one token to the center.

The first player spins the dreidel following the rule associated with the Hebrew letter which shows on top when the dreidel stops spinning. The second player then takes a turn, and so on. When all the tokens are gone from the center the person with the most tokens wins.

The rules associated with each letter are as follows:
Hey - the spinner takes half the tokens in the center
Shin - the spinner adds a token to the center (sometimes two tokens are added rather than one)
Nun - the spinner does nothing and play passes to the next person
Gimel - the spinner takes all the tokens from the center winning the game