So maybe you’ve tried playing casino table games and you find them too confusing, or you aren’t into slots but you still want to gamble a little while you’re in Vegas. Casino War is your answer.

You know the simple card game War that you played with your cousins when you were like 5? Yeah, it’s exactly the same game, but there’s money involved.

The #Basics

Do I really have to explain this? Ok. JUST in case you don’t know the game. You place your bet and the dealer will draw a card for you and one for him or herself. The one with the highest number wins. That’s it.

The game is played with six decks. Cards are ranked like in poker, except aces are always high. The suit does not matter. If you have the higher card you get the money, easy peasy.

You also may have the option to do a side bet on whether you and the dealer will tie. NEVER do this; it’s a terrible bet. The house edge is like 18.6%.

Optimal Strategy

Playing perfect Casino War is simple — always go to War when you have the option. When you and the dealer tie, you can either give up and lose, or double your bet and go to war. If you win the war, you’ll only win your original bet, but it’s the best option statistically. Don’t be a pansy — just do it.

Pros and Cons

The upside of Casino War is that really, truly ANYONE can play. If you want to test your luck and gamble in a really simple ass way, Casino War is perfect.

The downside is that the minimum bet is usually $5. While your odds are a little less than a coin flip every hand, you may need to absorb a few rounds of losses in order to get lucky and win money, so you’ve got to have both the time and money to do that.

Where Can You Play Casino War in Vegas?

Table games frequently change in every casino, and Casino War is usually only laid out at one to two tables in any given casino. You may have a little difficulty finding a Casino War table, but they’re out there. Casinos that have been known to spread Casino War include Paris, Wynn, New York New York, Planet Hollywood, Bellagio, MGM, and Aria.

Comps, Drinks, Rewards

Casino War is a ton of fun, but it isn’t your best choice if you want to stretch out your opportunities for free drinks and comps. Because the game is so simple, the hands go fast.

The house edge is over 2%, so for every $100 you wager, you’ll theoretically lose $2+.

It’s actually bad that this game goes so quickly, because you can rack up a ton of hands in an hour… maybe one per minute or even faster, especially if your table isn’t full. Let’s say it’s just 50 hands per hour at $5/hand. That’s a total wager of $250, so you can expect to lose about $6-7. Maybe you can make that up in drinks and comps.

At that pace it’s not bad… but if it’s just you and the dealer, you’re going to go FAST. At $5 bets, think of losing $2.50 for every 20 hands played.

If you want to play a quick, easy table game on the casino floor, this is the one for you. If you want something a little more drawn out and friendlier to your bankroll in the long run, you may want to check out a game like Blackjack, Roulette, or Craps.

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