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.

RankApr 17Mar 17Feb 17
1 Cheat / I doubt It Blackjack Blackjack
2 Spades Gin Rummy Gin Rummy
3 Gin Rummy Spades Spades
4 Blackjack Rummy (Basic) Rummy (Basic)
5 Rummy (Basic) Cheat / I doubt It Cheat / I doubt It
6 Crazy Eights Crazy Eights Crazy Eights
7 Spit / Speed Rummy 500 Mexican Train
8 Rummy 500 Spit / Speed Rummy 500
9 President Golf Spit / Speed
10 Golf President Golf

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.

RankApr 17Mar 17Feb 17
1 Mendikot Mendikot Pedro
2 Handjass Games for 3 players Canasta
3 Truf Truf Mendikot
4 Banking Games Three Card Poker Cuttle
5 Spit / Speed Rummy 500 Écarté
6 Shithead Hearts Chinese Poker
7 Pontoon Bid Whist Pai Gow Poker
8 Piquet Spit / Speed Five Hundred
9 Last One 1000 Three Card Poker
10 Taroky (Czech / Slovak) Blackjack Hearts

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.

Popular two-player game from Afghanistan, made famous by Khaled Hosseini's novel The Kite Runner. The name means '5 cards', the number dealt to each player at the start. The last player left holding cards at the end of the game is the loser.
The most basic form of the Swiss national game Jass, for two to four players.
Indonesian game for 4 players. Bid for tricks by placing a card from hand face down. Suit of highest bid determines trumps.
This unusual Nepali draw and discard game for 2-5 players has also become popular in Israel under the name Yaniv. Players collect rummy-like combinations, but then throw them onto the discard pile rather than keeping or melding them.
This 2-player game which appeared in North America in the 1970's is slightly reminiscent of later commercially successful combat games such as Magic the Gathering though the similarity is probably a coincidence.
A four-player partnership game played in the Punjab and some other parts of India. It is related to Casino but with greater scope for skill because all the cards are dealt at the start.
Dou Dizhu
This Chinese climbing game has become very popular in the last 20 years. One player volunteers to play alone as the 'landlord' against the other players in partnership. Playable combinations include the bomb (four of a kind), the rocket (complete set of jokers) and the quadplex set (four of a kind plus two single cards or pairs).
National card game of Germany, a game of tricks and trumps for 3 players using 32 cards. Players bid to decide who will play alone against the other two, aiming to take the majority of the card points.
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.
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.
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.

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.

20 Apr 17Pan
17 Apr 17Thunee
14 Apr 17Code 9 Attack
23 Mar 17Poker Regler
16 Mar 17Piles
3 Mar 17Dingo
24 Feb 17Incognito
23 Feb 17Canadian Salad
9 Feb 17Vändtia
2 Feb 17Hornipex
11 Jan 17Snitch'ems
20 Dec 16Banakil
19 Dec 16Hang Ten
30 Nov 16Panjpar
21 Nov 16Keep Trying
17 Nov 16Skitgubbe (Svensk)
12 Nov 16Escalation
11 Nov 16Mate
9 Nov 16Handjass
2 Nov 16Spellevate


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.