Casino war

Casino war is a casino game based on War, a popular card game for two players. Learning how to play Casino war is really easy, especially for a person who has already played War.

The basics
Casino war is played with a standard (French) 52-card deck. No jokers or other wild cards are used.

  1. The dealer and the player receives one card each.
  2. If your card is the higher card, you will win back 2 times your wager, plus the raise amount. If your card is the lower card, you lose your bet. If both cards are of equal value, you have a tie situation.

    In a tie situation, you have to options. You can surrender and lose half your wager, or your can go to war. If you elect to go to war, you and the dealer place an additional wager the size of the first wager.

Going to war

  1. The player and the dealer each place an additional wager (same size as the original wager).
  2. The dealer burns (discards) three cards from the deck.
  3. You and the dealer each recieves one card.
  4. If your card is the same or higher than the dealer’s card, you win all three bets (i.e. your original wager, your going to war bet and the dealer’s going to war bet). If your card is lower than the dealer’s, you lose your original bet and your going to war bet.

Since the player wins in the event of a tie during war, a player win occurs 50.3% of the time, provided that they player never uses the surrender option.

As far as the first card goes, the player and the dealer each have a 46.3% chance of winning when Casino War is played with six standard decks.

House advantage
Go to war on ties: 2.88%
Surrender on ties: 3.7%
Bet on ties: 18.65%

Bonus bet

Many casinos offer a bonus bet for Casino War. If you bet on the tie, and your card matches the dealer’s card, you are paid 10 to 1.

War family card games

If you like War and Casino War, you might want to check out some of the other members of the War family as well. This group of includes card games such as Beggar-My-Neighbour, Egyptian Ratscrew, Slapjack, and Bidding War. One of the older members in this family is Beggar-My-Neighbour which has been played in Britain since at least the 19th century and is mentioned in Charles Dicken’s novel “Great Expectations” from 1861. It’s known under several different names, including Beat Jack Out of Doors and Strip Jack Naked. Egyptian Ratscrew is a more complex variant of Beggar-My-Neighbour and can involve jokers.

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