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Casino War
Casino War

How to play

One of the easier table games to learn, Casino War uses a standard 52-card deck and requires no skill to play. The game lets players bet on who will draw a higher card – the player or the dealer. Here’s how it works. 

The object of the game

The object of Casino War is simple: players make a bet on whether their card will beat the dealer’s card. The player and dealer are each dealt a single card. Highest card wins. If both cards are equal, the player can choose “War,” and the player and the dealer will each get an additional card to compare.

How to Play Casino War in 4 Easy Steps

  • Dollar signs signifying expense level with a checkmark next to the middle option $$.

    Set a budget. Simple, fast-paced play can make it easy to get carried away. Go in with a game plan and stick to it.

  • A dealer pulls a card out of a card shoe

    Follow the dealer’s lead. They’ll let you know when to place bets and when to decide on going to War.

  • A ten of clubs on top of a ten of diamonds

    Play a hand. The dealer will place two cards on the table. High card wins. A tie results in a choice: fold or battle it out in a round of War!

  • Two casino chips with a hand holding one

    War! If you decide to go to War, you’ll need to double up your original bet before the dealer deals the new round of cards.

1. Set a budget

Simple, fast-paced play can make it easy to get caught up in the fun. Bring your play budget in cash and avoid spending more than you planned.

2. Follow the dealer’s lead

Your dealer is there to help things run smoothly. If you find yourself confused about how to place a bet, or which cards beat which, just ask. There’s no such thing as a bad question!

4. War!

If War is chosen, the player will need to double their original bet. Meaning if the original bet was $10, it’ll need to be increased by an additional $10, for a total of $20.

The dealer will then discard the next three cards in the deck and pull the fourth one as the player card before discarding three more cards and pulling the final dealer card.


During War, the same rules apply as on the opening hand, with one exception: a tie means you keep your doubled bet and start over. You can’t go to War twice in the same round.

Highest card wins
Again, the highest card on the table wins. If the player wins, their doubled War bet pays even money, and their original bet “pushes” to the next round. This means that if a doubled bet was $10, the player pockets $20, and the original $10 bet stays in place for the next round.

What happens in a tie
If there’s a tie during War, the player keeps the extra bet they made on War, and their original bet is used for the next round.

A bar that says “Tie” with a casino chip

The Tie Bet
Casino War offers an optional Tie Bet. This is a side bet on whether the player and dealer’s War cards will match. Players can simply place their additional chips inside “Tie Bet” area when the dealer calls for bets.

Winning Tie Bets pay 10 to 1. Learn more about Casino War odds.


Higher payouts mean lower odds of winning, so placing Tie Bets to win back losses is not a winning strategy.