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Going to war against casino war

25 June 2019

It was called War, and you probably played a version of this as a kid, or in a bar to determine who bought the next drink. Hopefully you weren’t a kid in the bar. It’s really just simple, as in you get one card, he gets one card, and whoever has the highest card gets the free drink. Or if there is a tie, you go to war.

It’s probably the easiest card game the casino offers but it looks to me as if more and more players are gravitating to it for some reason. Casino War has the same underpinnings as War with some interesting variations, none of which will cause your brain to freeze any more than a brain usually freezes when in a casino.

The game is usually played with six decks but you can find casinos that play with more or fewer decks as well. The ace is the highest card and all the other cards are ranked based on their faces so a king beats a queen and 3 beats a 2 and so on.

As in the standard game of War, each player gets a card and the dealer gets a card. If the player’s card wins, he gets even money for his bet (a $10 bet wins $10). If the dealer wins, the player loses his bet.

Should the dealer and the player have the same card, a tie, that can be war or surrender where the player can surrender his hand and get back half his bet or the player can say, “Bring it on, big boy, I never surrender!” OK, the player might not say it that exact way but you get the idea. Surrender is the poorer of the two options so never surrender. Make war not peace. Or as the Marines say, “Surrender hell!”

Making war is as easy as, well, making war. The dealer will burn three cards (no, it doesn’t mean he puts a match to them, it means he discards them) and then deals the player another card after the player has doubled his bet. If the player wins or ties with that second card, the dealer will pay him for his second bet but the first bet will be considered a push. But here is the sneaky part; if the dealer beats the player, the player loses both his original bet and his second bet. Yuck!

Some casinos offer a “Tie bet” that usually pays 10 to one. That bet, just like the Tie bet at baccarat, is a waste of money, coming in with double-digit house edges depending on the number of decks being used. Don’t make it.

The house edge at Casino War hovers around three percent, depending on the number of decks. Although this edge is somewhat better than many other table games, Casino War is fast paced and that pace is highly dangerous, again similar to the speed of mini-baccarat. With many decisions, a small casino edge can become a deadly casino edge over the player.

The War Room: If you decide to play Casino War, consider sitting out the hand after you lose one. Tell the dealer you worry about negative streaks or sit out a hand after you won a hand saying that negative results come after positive ones. By reducing the hit on your bankroll using this technique, Casino War will not be as dangerous.

All the best in and out of the casinos.

Visit Frank's website at www.frankscoblete.com.
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Frank Scoblete
Frank Scoblete is the #1 best selling gaming author in America. His newest books are Slots Conquest: How to Beat the Slot Machines; Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker!; Beat Blackjack Now: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge; Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!; Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players; Casino Conquest: Beat the Casinos at Their Own Games! and The Virgin Kiss.

Frank and Casino City Times columnist Jerry "Stickman" teach private lessons in dice control. Frank's books are available at Amazon.com, in bookstores or by mail order. Call 1-800-944-0406 or write to Frank Scoblete Enterprises, PO Box 446, Malverne, NY 11565. Frank can also be reached by email at fscobe@optonline.net.

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Frank Scoblete
Frank Scoblete is the #1 best selling gaming author in America. His newest books are Slots Conquest: How to Beat the Slot Machines; Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker!; Beat Blackjack Now: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge; Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!; Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players; Casino Conquest: Beat the Casinos at Their Own Games! and The Virgin Kiss.

Frank and Casino City Times columnist Jerry "Stickman" teach private lessons in dice control. Frank's books are available at Amazon.com, in bookstores or by mail order. Call 1-800-944-0406 or write to Frank Scoblete Enterprises, PO Box 446, Malverne, NY 11565. Frank can also be reached by email at fscobe@optonline.net.

Frank Scoblete Websites:

www.goldentouchcraps.com
www.goldentouchblackjack.com

Books by Frank Scoblete:

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