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Casino War

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Table Type

Casino War is played on a blackjack, poker or baccarat style table.

Gaming Equipment

Casino War is played with at least six (6) standard 52 card decks in a shoe setup. No jokers are used. Two setups with backs of the same design of different colors alternate in a shuffling machine.

Player Positions

Casino War is played with a maximum of eight (8) players, including the player-dealer position.

Table Fees

Collection fees shall be determined prior to the start of play of any hand or round and shall be conspicuously posted. Ample notice shall be provided to players relating to the assessment of fees. Flat fees on each wager may be assessed at different collection rates. The collection rates may not be calculated as a portion of wagers made or winnings earned.

Backline Betting

Backline betting is permitted.
"Backline betting" refers to wagering in a betting position by a player who is not seated in that position.


Action refers to the player position where the settling of wagers begins. Action begins on the dealer’s left. Wagers are settled in the following order: base bets, tie bets, war bets. Wagers are settled clockwise, seat by seat, to the extent that the player-dealer wager covers.

Player-Dealer Position

The Player-Dealer is the seated position against which all other players at the table are playing, for any given hand.

The Player-Dealer position shall be offered systematically and continuously in a clockwise manner around the table after every two hands. The Player-Dealer shall collect all losing wagers, pay all winning wagers, and may not win or lose more than the original amount wagered. Once the Player-Dealer's wager has been exhausted, the wagers not covered by the Player-Dealer shall be returned to the respective players.

House Dealer

This introduction to Casino War assumes the perspective of a new player. Accordingly it is written for the perspective of the Player position. This in no way supports, limits or discourages a player from assuming the Player-Dealer position when offered. Complete rules are available as prescribed by state and local regulation.

In How to Play, the Dealer refers to the House Dealer acting on behalf of the Player-Dealer. The Dealer's hand is the hand of the Player-Dealer position delivered in front of the House Dealer.

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How to play Casino War

To be dealt a higher card than the Dealer

CARD RANKINGS (highest to lowest)

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2

All suits are of equal rank.

  • Place your bet with your collection. Because you are not playing against “house money,” there is a collection fee for each hand played or wager .
  • You get one card face up. The Dealer gets one card face up.

  • Win, Lose or Tie
    If your card is higher, you win. If the Dealer’s card is higher, the Dealer wins. If you and Dealer tie, you have a decision.
  • Decision
    Option 1        Surrender
    Forfeit half of your base bet and your hand is over.

    Option 2        Go to War

Going to War

  • Place your War bet
    Place a bet, of an equal amount, next to your original bet.
  • The Dealer matches your bet The Dealer places a bet, equal to your original bet, next to yours. You will have a total of three units in front of you.
  • The Dealer will burn three cards, then deal your War card face up.
    The Dealer repeats this for each player Going to War and for their own War card.
  • High card wins
    If your War card is higher than the Dealer’s, you win all three units.
    If the Dealer’s card is higher, the Dealer wins all three units.
  • Bonus unit
    If you and the Dealer tie War cards, you win all three units plus an additional unit from the Dealer.


Casino War features an optional Tie bet.
When you place your base bet, you may also place the Tie bet. There may be a separate collection for bonus bets.

Tie Bet

The Tie bet wins when you and the Dealer have a card of the same rank.

Otherwise, the Tie bet loses.

Winning Tie bets are paid 10 to 1.

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