Statistics

These are the game rules pages that had most visitors in each of the last three months - see notes for further details. The top 5 pages for the most recent month are listed on the home page.

RankJan 16Dec 15Nov 15
1 Rummy (Basic) Rummy (Basic) Rummy (Basic)
2 Blackjack Blackjack Blackjack
3 Gin Rummy Gin Rummy Gin Rummy
4 Spades Cheat / Bullshit / I doubt It Crazy Eights
5 Cheat / Bullshit / I doubt It Crazy Eights Cheat / Bullshit / I doubt It
6 Crazy Eights Spades Spades
7 Mexican Train Mexican Train Golf
8 Golf Golf Mexican Train
9 Rummy 500 President Teen Patti
10 President Rummy 500 Go Fish / Quartet

Pages with Recent Interest

These are pages that have had a notable increase in visitors in each of the last three months, relative to the average number of visitors in previous months - see notes for further details. The top 5 pages with increased visits in the latest month are shown on the home page.

RankJan 16Dec 15Nov 15
1 Mexican Train Mexican Train Teen Patti
2 Rummy 500 Escoba Mexican Train
3 Spades Tripoli / Rummoli Nos
4 Five Hundred Nerts / Pounce / Racing Demon Escoba
5 Euchre Rummikub Spades
6 Escoba Spades Rummy 500
7 Tripoli / Rummoli Euchre Hand and Foot
8 Hand and Foot Watten Tripoli / Rummoli
9 Uno Variations Scat Bridge
10 Watten Uno Variations Ribs

Editor's Choice

Recommendations from the editor (i.e. me - John McLeod). These are games that I have enjoyed playing, and which you may find worth trying if you are looking for something different to play.

Bao Huang
Chines climbing game for 5 players: the emperor and eunuch play as partners against a team of 3 common people. The eunuch is the holder of a particular card whose location may be unknown to the other players until the eunuch plays it.
Spite and Malice
American game in which two players compete to play their cards in numerical sequence to foundation piles. The skill is in the management of the reserve piles where currently unplayable cards are stored.
Watten
A sociable game from Bavaria and the Tyrol with many opportunities for bluff. It is best for 4 players but also playable by 2 or 3. The South Tyrolean variant 'Blind Watten' in which trumps are chosen secretly is especially interesting.
Escoba
Spanish fishing game with 40 cards for 2-4 players. Cards are captured by making sets that add up to 15.
Nos
Dutch domino game for 2 to 5 players in which after the deal the loser of the previous hand chooses the rules from a large range of options: ordinary or matador matching, single line or cross, and various extra conditions can be selected.
Ribs
Unusual game for 4-10 players from Cleveland, Ohio in which cards are played two at a time, and before each trick players bid according to the number of points they think they can capture.
Sedma
Popular Czech game for 2 or 4 players in which tricks are won by playing a card equal to the lead or a seven. The objective is to capture aces and tens.
Schnapsen
A two-player game in which the aim is to be the first to 66 points by taking tricks and declaring marriages. It is very popular in Austria where large tournaments are held. Related games are played in several other European countries.
Madrasso
This four-player partnership game with 40 cards, combining features of Briscola and Tressette, is popular in Venice and the surrounding region.
Cuarenta
Popular game from Ecuador for 2-4 players in which equal cards and sequences are captured by matching or addition from a layout on the table.
Guan Dan
This climbing game from Jiangsu Province in China is for four players in fixed partnerships. It is particularly well balanced with many opportunities for strategy and partnership co-operation.
Ulti
The national card game of Hungary, a trick-taking game for 3 players using a 32-card pack: 10 cards each and 2 in the talon. Each bidder takes the two-card talon and discards two cards which can be used by the next bidder.

Recently Added Pages

These are the new pages most recently added to the website. See also the what's new page for a periodic survey of major additions and modifications to the site, and the site map for a complete list of pages showing when each was last updated.

12 Nov 15Pot Black
28 Oct 15Dominican Republic
21 Oct 15Royal Casino
21 Oct 15African Casino
21 Oct 15Scandinavian Casino
2 Oct 15Pass-Pass
17 Sep 15Krypkasino (Svenska)
16 Sep 15Krypkasino
5 Aug 15Vitou
25 Jul 15Birthday
4 Apr 15Capture the Commander
1 Apr 15888 Poker review
1 Apr 15Betfair Poker review
1 Apr 15BetOnline Poker review
1 Apr 15Full Tilt Poker review
1 Apr 15Party Poker Review
1 Apr 15PokerStars Review
1 Apr 15William Hill Poker Review
20 Mar 15Army (2)
18 Mar 15Blackjack (Dansk)

Notes

The tables of popular pages and pages with recent interest are based on the number of visitors in a month, estimated on the basis of the number of different hosts (IP addresses) requesting the page. The 'popular pages' table includes only English language pages containing game rules, while the 'recent interest' table covers all English language pages that have existed for at least six months.

To find pages that have recently become more popular, the expected number of visitors per month is estimated on the basis of the previous 5 months, and compared to the number for the current month. The calculation is as follows:

  1. For each English language page, for each month, the number of different hosts visiting the page (h) is divided by the total number of hosts visiting pagat.com that month (t). This normalisation is to correct for seasonal fluctuations in the total number of page views: it probably does not make much difference to the result.
  2. We model visits to a page as a Poisson process, and use the average of h/t for the previous 5 months to estimate its rate.
  3. Assuming this Poisson process, we use the Chernoff bound to estimate the probablity that h/t for the current month is greater than or equal to the observed value. Thanks to Niall Cardin for drawing our attention to this approximation.
  4. We rank the pages in order of this probability. The lower the probability, the more remarkable it is that so many hosts visited the page in the latest month.