These days it seems that not everybody wants to visit a casino and play the most technical or the hardest game that is available. They may not wish to play the extremely easy slot games either. This is where the game of War comes in. War is a game that, for all intents and purposes, can be considered the simplest game around. The standard game of war has a house edge of 2.88%.
Six standard decks are used and all cards are ranked according to their normal poker value. This basically means that aces are ranked highest, then Kings, Queens, Jacks, tens, nines, and on down. The game of war does not take suit into consideration.
Play begins after the player places his bet and then the dealer will deal himself and the player one card face up. Quite simply, if the player has a card that is higher than the dealer then he wins but if the dealer’s card is higher than the player’s than the player loses.
There is a situation where things can get quite interesting. If both the dealer and the player are dealt initial cards that are of equal value then the player has a choice to make. He may surrender and lose half of his bet or, he can choose to go to war. This is where the game gets very interesting and some decisions by the player will need to be made. This is also the time where various casinos will have differing rules and things that are allowed during the play.
The player will need to raise the bet in an equal amount of the original bet. During war the dealer burns three cards face down and then gives the player the next card face up. He repeats this when he deals himself and other card. At this point if the player has a card that ranks higher or equal to what the dealer has then the player will win even money only on the raise bet. The original bet is considered a push. On the other hand, if the dealer’s second card is higher than the player’s, the player will lose both bets.
If by some chance there is a tie, some casinos have a ruling that results in a bonus to the player that is equal to the original bet. Other businesses offer the opportunity to have a tie wager. This is simply a bet that the player’s first card and the dealer’s first card will be of equal value. The standard odds of this occurring are 10:1. The tie bet raises the house edge to 18.65%. For this reason most players avoid this bet.