S.D. Admin. R. 20:18:16:15.17 - Variations of the play - Casino War

Casino War must be played according to the following rules:

(1) Casino War may be played only on tables designated by the licensee for play of Casino War. Casino War shall be played with six to eight decks of cards. The rank of cards used in Casino War, for the purposes of determining a winning hand, shall be, in order from the highest to lowest rank: ace, king, queen, jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, and 2. The suit of a card has no effect on its rank;
(2) Each player shall make the initial bet in the amount specified at the table by the retail licensee. The player may also make the optional tie wager;
(3) Working from left to right, the dealer shall deal each player and the dealer a card face-up;
(4) The dealer shall, beginning from the dealer's left and proceeding around the table in a clockwise direction, compare the rank of each player's card with that of the dealer's card and settle all initial and tie wagers as follows:
(a) If a player's card is higher than the dealer's card the player wins even money on the primary bet; regarding the primary wager, the player has a choice:
(i) Surrender half the primary wager; or
(ii) Go to war;
(b) If the dealer's card is higher than or ties the player's card, the player loses the primary bet;
(c) If the dealer's card ties the player's card and the player made the optional tie wager, the player wins 10 to 1;
(d) If the player goes to war, the player and the dealer shall match the original wager, leaving three wagers in action; the original player wager, the player match wager, and the dealer match wager. The dealer than burns three cards and gives the player the next card, face-up. The dealer burns three more cards and gives the dealer the next card, face-up. If the:
(i) Player beats the dealer, the player wins the three wagers available;
(ii) Player ties the dealer, the player not only wins the three wagers available, but wins an additional wager; and
(iii) Dealer bets the player, the house wins the three wagers available;
(5) As the dealer moves from left to right, the dealer shall pick up the losing hands and place the cards in the discard rack and pay the winning hands according to the following payment schedule. The payment schedule must be displayed on the table layout or a table sign.



Beat dealer

1 to 1

Surrender instead of war

Lose half

Win after going to war

1 to 2

Tie after going to war

1 to 1


S.D. Admin. R. 20:18:16:15.17
38 SDR 172, effective April 23, 2012.

General Authority: SDCL 42-7B-4(18), 42-7B-7.

Law Implemented: SDCL 42-7B-4(18), 42-7B-7, 42-7B-15.

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