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An Introduction to Casino War for New Players

By: Joan Peppin, Thursday January 22nd 2015
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A card game that a lot of people grow up playing is war. It's a very simple game based on easy-to-learn rules, and it doesn't take much to get started. Casino war is similar in this regard, but you'll want to know the mechanics of the game to make sure that everything is going correctly in the game you're playing. If you're the type of player who is intimidated by complicated table games, then you're not alone, but casino war can be a great way to get in on the action with some table games without having to deal with an overly-complicated set of rules.

You start out by making an initial wager. This wager is matched by the dealer, and two cards are dealt: one for you, and one for the dealer. If your card wins, then you win even money on your bet. Along similar lines, if the dealer wins, then you lose your wager. Where the game gets interesting is if the cards are a tie because then you have a choice to make. The first choice is that you can do what's like surrendering in blackjack where you give up half of your wager and go on to the next hand, or you can take the dealer to war.

If you choose to go to war, then you'll need to make another wager the same size as your first one. The dealer will then burn three cards and deal each of you a second card. Winning here wins even money on your initial wager while the second bet pushes. If you lose, however, then you lose both bets, and this is where the house advantage comes in this game. If there are no extra sources of value for the player in the form of bonus payouts for certain card configurations, then the house advantage is about 2.9 percent. This isn't much more than European roulette.

There's a trade-off with this game. While you aren't going to achieve the super-high payout rates that expert players can achieve in blackjack or video poker, you aren't going to be left in the realm of really horrible payout rates. When you take into account that this game is exceptionally easy to learn how to play, then it's easy to see that it's not a bad trade-off for players who don't care to spend hours and hours learning a game like blackjack.

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