The game is easy to play. Like any table game, the first thing you need to do is place your bet. The first bet is straightforward. Your bet must match or exceed the minimum table bet. After all, the players at the table have made their wager, each player will be dealt one card, including one for the dealer. The game is played with six standard decks.
Cards have the same value as they do in online poker, the Ace being the highest card. All the players who have been dealt cards larger than the dealer will win at even money. Players who were dealt lower cards will lose their initial wager.
The game gets interesting when a player’s card ties with the dealer’s card. In this event players have two options; they can surrender their bet and forfeit the initial wager, or they can go to war.
To go to war, the player must first meet their initial bet. After that, the dealer will burn three cards before dealing each qualifying participant (including the dealer) a new card.
If the player’s second card beats the dealer’s card, then the player will win at even money on the raise only, and the original wager will push.
If the dealer’s card is higher than the player’s, the player will lose the full bet.
Casino War odds
On the initial card, there is no house edge. So how is this attractive to a casino? The edge is gained from going to war. When going to war you only win your second wager. For example, say your initial bet is for $10, when you go to war you have to match your bet, making the total $20, but you can only win an extra $10.
Ties in Casino War
So, what happens when you tie with the dealer during War? Well, believe it or not, this is your aim. Hit the tie and you’ll win the three units of your bet, plus an additional unit from the Dealer. In the example given above, you will win $20 instead of $10.