Casino war is a gambling game based on the card game War that children play. It is one of the simplest casino games, the winner being the person who draws the higher card.
Casino war is played with six decks of cards. A number of players can play against the dealer as in blackjack. Poker card rankings apply with the exception that aces are the highest. Suits are immaterial in this game. After the players have placed their bets the dealer deals one card to each player and one to himself. Each player’s card is compared separately with that of the dealer. If the player has a higher card he is paid out at 1 to 1. If the player has the lower card then he forfeits his bet. If the two cards are of equal rank the casino war begins.
The player can meekly surrender and lose half his bet. Or the player can go to war. The player declares war by raising the bet by an amount equal to his original bet. The dealer then sets aside three burn cards and deals one card to each player who has gone to war and one to himself. Again, each player’s second card is compared separately with the second card of the dealer. If the player’s card is of a higher or equal rank to that of the dealer then he is paid at 1 to 1 on the raise with the original wager being a push. If the player has the lower card then he forfeits both his bets.
As in all other casino games there are variant rules in casino war as well. Some casinos play what is called a bonus rule. In the event of a second tie one more pair of cards are dealt. If these cards also tie then the original wager also pays at 1 to 1 instead of being a push. If these cards do not tie then they are of no consequence and the earlier rules apply. The bonus rule reduces the house edge somewhat. Some casinos take a side bet known as a tie bet. If the first two cards dealt, usually to two different players, are of the same rank then the tie bet pays at 10 to 1. Despite the apparently appealing payout this bet is a rip off, with the house edge being a whopping 19%.