Popular Game Pages

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.

RankAug 14Jul 14Jun 14
1 Rummy (Basic) Rummy (Basic) Rummy (Basic)
2 Gin Rummy Gin Rummy Gin Rummy
3 Crazy Eights Crazy Eights Spades
4 Spades Spades Crazy Eights
5 Go Fish / Quartet Go Fish / Quartet Go Fish / Quartet
6 Cheat / Bullshit / I doubt It Cheat / Bullshit / I doubt It Cheat / Bullshit / I doubt It
7 Blackjack Blackjack Blackjack
8 President President President
9 Golf Spit / Speed War
10 Spit / Speed Golf Spit / Speed

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.

RankAug 14Jul 14Jun 14
1 Games for 2 players Tarot (French) Calabresella
2 Schieber Jass Calabresella Games for 2 players
3 Calabresella Games for 2 players Mexico
4 Games for 3 players Mexico France
5 Mexico Schieber Jass Open Face Chinese Poker
6 Pepper Spit / Speed Whist group
7 Rummy (Basic) Cheat / Bullshit / I doubt It Schnapsen
8 Tarot (French) Games for 3 players Spit / Speed
9 Pontoon Rummy (Basic) Cheat / Bullshit / I doubt It
10 President All Fives (cards) War

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.

A 4-player compendium game with 7 contracts: each player must play each contract once. It was enhanced in the 1960's by Bridge players who introduced doubles which create loose alliances between players with a common interest.
Tarot (French)
Over the past 50 years, Tarot has become one of the most popular card games in France, played at home, in clubs and in regional and national tournaments.
Schieber Jass
Four-player partnership version of the Swiss national card game. It is a point-trick game with some extra points for declarations, in which you may play a trump to any trick even if you have a card of the suit led.
Italian three-player point-trick game with bidding. The main aim is to capture aces (the third highest cards of the suits) and take the last trick, which is difficult to guarantee since there are no trumps.
Open Face Chinese Poker
Although this rather new game is based on poker hands and became popular with poker players in 2012-2013, there is no bluffing or escalating betting. Players compete to build poker hands using cards that are seen by all players.
Pegs and Jokers
North American partenrship race game for up to 8 players in which cards are used to move pegs around a (normally home-made) board.
Svoi Kozyri
Russian game in which you must either beat the previous player's card or pick up cards from the play pile. The last player holding cards is the loser. Good for 3 or 4 players: each has their own trump suit.
This 3-player 24-card game is popular in Eastern Europe: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and the Baltic States. It is a point-trick game with extra points for marriages, which change the trump suit when declared.
In this unusual Punjabi game for 4-8 players, the aim is to get rid of cards. If anyone is unable to follow suit, the 'winner' of the trick has to pick it up. Works well for a group that includes inexperienced card players.
I have found Porrazo to be an enjoyable two-player game to pass the time on train and plane journeys. There are some players in California, but it is said to have originated in Mexico.
Zhăo Péngyou
A Chinese trick-taking game for up to 12 players using multiple decks with jokers, in which sets of identical cards and sequence of sets can be played. In each deal the trump maker calls cards to form new teams.
Scopone and Scopa
Scopone is a skilful four-player partnership game in which cards or sets of cards are captured from the table by playing cards of equal value. Scopa is a simpler game for 2-4 players based on the same principles.

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.

31 Aug 14Sedma
30 Aug 14Roller Coaster
28 Aug 14Guan Dan
28 Aug 14Wellsix
14 Aug 14Blindsided
11 Aug 14Prize Dominoes
10 Aug 14Žandari
1 Aug 14Best, Pair and Thirty-one
24 Jul 14Barbu Bridge
18 Jul 14Marianna
14 Jul 14501
7 Jan 14Scala Quaranta
7 Jan 14Hole of Mana
5 Jan 14Russian Poker
5 Jan 14Liar Game
23 Dec 13Spizzichino
19 Dec 13Role Games
19 Dec 13Candyman
19 Dec 13Durak
8 Dec 13Bestia


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 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.