Casino War is a very easy card game offered by many casinos. You play against the dealer, not against other players.
Casino War is normally played with six standard 52 card decks shuffled together. There are no jokers or other wild cards.
Always check the rules for the specific table you wish to play Casino War at. The rules outlined below are only an example of commonly used rules. It is up to each casino to set their own rules.
Playing Casino War
In casino war, the cards are worth their numerical value, except for the ace which is always high (13 points). Color and suite are of no consequence.
- The players make their bets.
- Each player gets a card, and the dealer gets a card. All cards are dealt face up.
- If your card is higher than the dealer’s card, you win 1:1 on your bet. If your card is lower than the dealer’s card, you lose your bet.
In the event of a tie
If your card and the dealer’s card are of the same value, you need to make a choice. You can either give up (surrender) or go to war (challenge the dealer).
If you elect to go to war, you must increase your bet with an amount equal to your initial bet.
Example: You bet $20. You and the dealer both get a queen. You elect to go to war. You must now place a $20 wager for the war to happen, bringing your total wager up to $40.
Once you have made your new bet, the dealer will burn (discard) three cards from the deck. She will then give you a new card and herself a new card.
- If your card is lower than the dealer’s card, you lose.
- If your card is the same or higher than the dealer’s card, you win. You are payed 1:1 on your initial bet and get to keep your war bet. So, in the case of a $20 + $20 situation, you get to keep your $40 wager and is also payed $20, so you have a total of $60.
In quite a few casinos, getting a card of equal value to the dealer’s card during war will give you a special bonus payment.
In some casinos, you can even make a separate bet that pays (very well) in the event of a tie.
For the first card, the player and the dealer both have a 46.3% chance of winning when Casino War is played with six decks. (Not 50%, since there is the possibility of a tie.)