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This is a simple and straightforward card game. All cards are ranked according to their poker value and Aces are the highest.

The player and the dealer get one card each. If the player's card is better than the dealer's card, then the player wins even money. If the dealer's card is better than the player's card, the player loses.

If both cards are of equal value, then the player may either lose half his bet or elect to go to 'war' against the dealer (similar to the 'En Prison' rule in roulette). The player has also the option of a 10:1 side bet that the two initial cards will tie.

If the player elects to go to 'war', then he must double his bet. The dealer then disposes of or burns three cards before giving both the player and himself a second card. If the player's second card either beats or ties the dealer's second card, then the player wins even money on the raise and the original bet is a push. If the dealer's second card beats the player's second card the player loses both his original and the additional bet. If the player surrenders rather than going to war, half of the original bet is lost by rounding off to the nearest integer.