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.

RankAug 16Jul 16Jun 16
1 Cheat / Bullshit / I doubt It Cheat / Bullshit / I doubt It Rummy (Basic)
2 Rummy (Basic) Rummy (Basic) Cheat / Bullshit / I doubt It
3 Blackjack Blackjack Blackjack
4 Crazy Eights Spades Gin Rummy
5 Spades Gin Rummy Spades
6 Gin Rummy Crazy Eights Crazy Eights
7 Go Fish / Quartet Spit / Speed Go Fish / Quartet
8 Spit / Speed Go Fish / Quartet Spit / Speed
9 Golf Golf Golf
10 President President President

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 16Jul 16Jun 16
1 Mighty Games for 2 players Games for 2 players
2 Spit / Speed Spit / Speed Go Fish / Quartet
3 Go Fish / Quartet Cheat / Bullshit / I doubt It Krypkasino
4 Pontoon Go Fish / Quartet Cheat / Bullshit / I doubt It
5 Podkidnoy Durak Mighty Spit / Speed
6 Shithead Krypkasino Pagat.com policy
7 Seep Kings Corners Huutopussi
8 Knock-Out Whist Crazy Eights Games for 3 players
9 Beggar My Neighbour Games for 3 players All Fives (cards)
10 Dominoes-Matrix Games for 4 players Twenty-Nine

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.

Brazilian Truco
Lively and popular Brazilian partnership game for four players. The aim is to win two of the three tricks, and the score for this can be increased by betting during the play.
Podkidnoy Durak
Durak is one of the best known card games in Russia and has spread to many east European countries. It can be played by 2-6 people and works well for 4 playing as partners.
Mighty
Korean trick-taking game for 5 players, 2 against 3 with secret partnerships and some cards with special powers: the mighty, the joker and the ripper.
Twenty-Nine
This well-known 4-player Indian partnership trick-taking game is distantly related to the European Jass family, with the jack and nine ranking high in all four suits.
Huutopussi
Finnish partnership game for 4 players. A point-trick game with bidding in which the trump suit is set or changed by declaring marriages.
Krypkasino
This Swedish game for 2-6 players is a reverse form of Casino. There are penalty points for playing a card that captures a matching card or set of cards from the table, and a large penalty for clearing the table.
All Fives (dominoes)
Two-player cross domino game in which players score for making the ends of the layout add up to a multiple of 5.
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.

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.

10 Aug 16Cangkul / Burro
21 Jun 16Evil Deal
25 May 16Kasino i Norden
23 May 16Democracy
22 May 16Horse Race (cards)
14 Apr 16Vändåtta
27 Mar 16Tres y Dos
23 Mar 16Fifty Plus/Minus
12 Nov 15Pot Black
28 Oct 15Dominican Republic
21 Oct 15Royal Casino
21 Oct 15African Casino
21 Oct 15Nordic Casino
2 Oct 15Pass-Pass
17 Sep 15Krypkasino (Svenska)
16 Sep 15Krypkasino
5 Aug 15Vitou
25 Jul 15Birthday
4 Apr 15Capture the Commander
20 Mar 15Army (2)

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.