Dreidel

Definition

A dreidel has four sides, one with the letter nun, one with the letter gimmel, one with the letter hey, and one with the letter shin. These Hebrew letters stand for "nes gadol haya sham" which means "a great miracle occurred there" in English. This game is associated with the Jewish holiday Chanukah.

Rules

1. There are no limits on the amount of players that can play this game.
2. Each player begins the game with an equal number of game pieces, usually 10-15 coins or pieces of Chanukah gelt.
3. At the beginning of each round, each player puts a game piece into the pot. Also, whenever the pot is empty or has only 1 game piece left, each player puts a game piece into the pot.
4. When it's a player's turn, he spins the dreidel once. If the dreidel lands on nun, which means "nisht" or "nothing" in Yiddish, the player does nothing. If the dreidel lands on gimmel, which means "gantz" or "everything" in Yiddish, the player gets everything in the pot. If the dreidel lands on hey, which means "halb" or "half" in Yiddish, the player gets half of the pot. If there is an odd number of pieces in the pot, the player takes half of the total plus 1.
If the dreidel lands on shin, which means "shtel" or "put in" in Yiddish, the player adds a game piece to the pot.
5. If a player has no game pieces left, he is either "out" or can ask another player for a "loan."
6. If a player wins everything, that round of the game is over.

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