Casino War History

There is a very popular card game that children have always played. It is the simplest possible card game and involved virtually no strategy or rules. Two players split a deck of card and deal a card each. The one who dealt the highest card wins the opponents’ card. Plain and simple.

Well, this game that was played in the car on long trips or just introducing a younger sibling to cards has evolved into a real casino game, called Casino war.

Game Came About Due to Demand

During the 1970s, casinos in Las Vegas realised that many customers were at a loose end trying to find exactly the right game to play. They were looking for a game that was exciting, quick and action-rich, but at the same time simple to play and with decent odds of winning. These casino customers were not in the mood for complicated strategy or involved thinking in a game, but rather needed the simple and instantaneous effect of wagering on tap.

A couple of casinos then realised that this attention deficit condition was widespread in America and that these customers would be ideally suited to the old children’s game of war. The old game was then quickly turned into a viable casino game that could be learnt in about 5 seconds, was not burdened by strategy or thinking processes, and could be really exciting. Casino war was born.

A New Casino Play Option

Casino war now exists as a viable casino option, and can be played for real money. The rules have been standardised and streamlined. Players place a bet on the table. This is called the ante. They get dealt a card, and the dealer gets dealt a card. The winner is the one with the highest card. If it is the player, they double the money they put down. Nice and simple so far.

The game has the capacity to keep going forever, since after each hand the cards are collected and the deck is re-shuffled. Again, nice and easy.

Going to War

It is only when the dealers card and the players card are equal that any thinking is evoked. Should this occur, the player then has to make a choice. They can either raise or surrender. If the player chooses to surrender, they will lose half of the money wagered, and move on to the next hand. If, however, they opt for the raise option, then the game become much more exciting. Calling the raise option also evokes the name of the game, and players then go to war.

The moment a player chooses to raise, the amount originally bet is doubled. The dealer will discard three cards, an act called burning, before dealing the player and the dealer each a fresh card. Should the players’ card beat the dealers’ card in this state of ‘war’, the player wins the Casino war bet. Even if the cards in this state of war are tied, the player wins an ante bonus of 2 to 1.

Players are able to bet on the tie occurring too, at odds of 10 to 1. Given that there are thirteen options of a tie occurring in a deck of cards, the odds are not worthwhile and this option can happily be avoided. Casino war is thus a very quick and agile game with which to win a fair amount of money.