In 1997, Gyula Zsigri of Szeged University carried out a survey of eleven groups of Tarokk players from various parts of Hungary to find out which variations were most prevalent. Here is his summary of the results:
4 questionnaires were filled in by different (and unrelated) groups from Budapest, 3 by groups with mixed players from Budapest and Vác, 1 from Vác, 2 from Szeged and 1 from Nyíregyháza. I. Bidding: A3, B2, A1 Question: Can B hold? 9 Yes, 2 No (1 from Szeged, 1 from Nyíregyháza) II. a) A3, B2, A1 Question: What tarokk is indicated? 10 XIX, 1 no cue bid (strong hand with Skíz) II. b) A3, B2, C solo Question: What tarokk is indicated? 9 XIX, 2 XVIII III. Can the XX be put in the skart? 6 No, 5 Yes IV. 1. Can you annull the hand with a) a singleton XXI............11 Yes b) a singleton Pagat...........9 Yes c) a doubleton XXI and Pagat...6 Yes d) no tarokks.................10 Yes e) four kings in hand.........10 Yes f) other holding...............1 Yes (doubleton XXI and II, tripleton XXI, II, and I) 2. Can you annull the hand with a singleton XXI if you have put tarokk in the skart? 9 No, 2 Yes V. Can a player announce both duplajáték and volát? a) Yes, but not in the same turn (duplajáték first) 7 votes b) Yes, even in the same turn -- 3 votes c) No -- 1 vote VI. Can you score for silent trull if volát is made? 9 No, 2 Yes VII. The answers can be summarized as follows: The majority of the informant groups do not score for the simple game when silent duplajáték (7 out of 11) or silent volát (9 out of 10) is made. Practically all (10 out of 11) groups score both for duplajáték and volát if duplajáték has been announced, no matter whether the volát is announced or not. The majority (8) does not score for the simple game if duplajáték is announced and silent volát is made, but this majority reduces to 6 groups if both duplajáték and volát are announced and made, which questions the reliability of some informants. VIII. 7 groups play Paskievics, 3 play Illusztrált, and 1 group plays Magas Tarokk (High Tarokk).