It’s a game that requires intense concentration. via MetroMix
It’s a game that requires intense concentration. via MetroMix

One nice thing about Chanukkah is that it’s not actually such an important holiday. Sure yes, Jews make a bit of a thing about it, but that’s mostly to keep kids from dashing off to Santa and Jesus as soon as they can walk. The lack of any super serious tradition though, lets those who celebrate the holiday do strange things, like say, turn an innocent game of dreidel into a Thunderdome-like competition where only one team walks away alive winners of fabulous prizes. In case you couldn’t tell already, this is a real thing, it’s called Major League Dreidel, and it’s coming to Full Circle Bar on Thursday.

MLD is rolling out their Target Tops table for Thursday’s event, turning dreidel from a simple game of spinning and praying you land with the right letter facing up to a terrifying combination of dreidel, cornhole and shuffleboard. It’s not just about spinning and forgetting, Target Tops requires you to spin your dreidel into scoring areas, so don’t try to leave it up to luck.

16 two-person teams will compete in the tournament, so if you think you have what it takes to be a dreidel master and walk away with a year’s supply of gelt, the MLD Crystal Dreidel Trophy and a bottle of MLD Honey Crisp Apple Vodka, shoot them an email at info at majorleaguedreidel dot com with your clever team name. Also be a mensch and reach in your wallet for a donation to Playworks, a group dedicated to ending playground bullying. Then get your wrist, thumb and middle finger into spinning shape, because these guys are serious about their dreidel:

Major League Dreidel, Thursday December 13, 8pm, Full Circle Bar, 318 Grand Street, Williamsburg

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