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Major League Dreidel Players Put Competitive Spin on Classic Hanukkah Game

By Stephanie Keith | December 14, 2012 8:29am

WILLIAMSBURG — This isn't your bubbe's game of dreidel.

More than 30 competitors spun for glory Thursday night as part of a Major League Dreidel contest at Full Circle Bar on Grand Street.

With team names ranging from "Hanukkah Hustlers" and "Latkatonic" to "Gimel Da Loot," the particpants played a modified game of the holiday classic, in which spinners tried to land their dreidels on a Hebrew letter or in hole at the end of the table for maximum points.

MLD founder and referee Eric Pavoney, aka the "Knishiner," called the contest a "cross between shuffleboard and cornhole."

"Dreidel is not just a long lost childhood game" he explained, "but a legitimate sport."