Hey, we always pride ourselves in the motto that reads something like, "when you need expert advice, always go to the pros." Yeah, that motto, and the OTHER one we live by -- "This job beats working." (Ed. note: "This Beats Working IS actually the motto at Aces Casino.) We're always happy to help with info about ALL of the games in Vegas, as well as games that are played around the world.
Great job, isn't it? (grin) Yes, actually, it is. Being a part of this orange county casino night party company has it's perks; Even when we get what sounds like the craziest question we've heard in quite a while....
"Hey, Aces... Can you tell us which casinos in Las Vegas are spreading 'Casino War?'"
Our first impression of this question was, "Casino WAR? You mean that kid's game with the dueling decks of cards? Ummm, none, would be OUR guess." BUZZZZZZZZ. Nope, sorry, "O wonderful orange county casino party guru," that's incorrect.
Surprisingly, "Casino War" is currently appearing at virtually EVERY Strip AND Downtown casino venue in the great city of Las Vegas, not to mention the large number of online casinos that also offer the game. (And we thought that they only played "War" in that Chevy Chase "Vegas Vacation film.) Just proves one of the age-old points here at Aces Casino - "We learn something new every day." (Sometimes, MORE than one thing, especially at 'tax time.')
Now, as you can imagine, the house rules of "Casino War" pretty much follow the rules that the players around your kitchen table had, with possibly a FEW minor "alterations" thrown in to make the game more "casino-like." Take a look at how the casinos like to run this favorite of kids from 3 to 93, courtesy of Casino-Odds Superstar Michael Shackelford, A.K.A. the "Wizard Of Odds..."
- The game is played with six decks. Cards are ranked as in poker, except aces are always high. The suit does not matter.
- After the players have made a wager each player and the dealer shall get one card.
- Each player's card shall be compared with the dealer's card. If the player's card is higher he wins even money. If the dealer's card is higher the player loses.
- In the event of a tie the player shall have two choices: (1) surrender and forfeit half the bet or (2) go to war (see rule 5).
- If the player elects to go to war he must raise his bet by an amount equal to his original wager. The dealer will do the same but this is just for show. The dealer will then burn three cards and give the player and dealer another card each. If the player's second card equals or beats the dealer then the player shall win even money on the raise only and the original wager shall push. If the dealer's second card is greater the player shall lose both bets. (Ouch. That's where the house edge kicks in.)
- At some casinos, the Mirage and Casino Niagara to name just two, a tie after a tie will result in a bonus equal to the original wager. At the Casino Niagara they say the raise pays 3 to 1 but the initial bet loses, which is mathematically the same thing.
- A tie bet is also available, which pays 10 to 1 if the first two cards tie. (Gee, isn't that great! NOT. Check out the house edge that the Wiz says you're playing against with THAT bet - over EIGHTEEN PERCENT. Double-Ouch.)
On second thought, I'd best not try THAT game, either. It'd just be MY luck that I'd plunk down my $10, then find out that the casino has employed Nolan Ryan and Joel Zumaya as their reps for Dodge Ball.
Don't laugh. I bet Ryan can still bring it, but I'm not betting ten bucks that I'm going to avoid having the word, "Voit," backwards-plastered on my forehead. Let Robin Ventura try it, first. You're not puttin' noogies on MY head, "Mr. Express."