How to Play War – Rules for War Card Game

War is simple and fun to play card game. So, it is very popular among children. Also, there is no strategy in this card game. And with our guide on How to Play War, you can learn to play War in just 2 minutes.

Required

Deck

A standard 52 card deck is used.

Players

Best played with 2 players but can also be played with 3 or 4 players.

The Object of The Game

The main objective is to win all the 52 cards.

The Rank of The Cards from Highest to Lowest

Ace(A), King(K), Queen(Q), Jack(J), 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.

For 2 Players Game

Dealing The Cards

There are no rules for determining the dealer. Any player may be the dealer and deal the cards. The dealer deals 26 cards to each player face-down. Then the players make a pile out of those cards and put it on the front face-down.

The Gameplay

Each player picks a card from his/her pile and turns it face-up. The player with the highest card wins both cards and puts it at the bottom of his/her pile face-down. And the game continues this way.

During the game, if both players get the card of the same rank, it is War. In this war situation, both players pick one card from the top of their own piles and put it face-down in the center. Then, they pick another card from the top of their piles and put it face-up in the center. The player with the highest-ranked face-up card wins all 6 cards.

If the picked cards are also of the same rank then the players pick another card from the top of their piles and put it face-down in the center. And after that, they pick another card from their own piles and put it face-up in the center. The player with the highest-ranked card wins all 10 cards.

The game ends when a player wins all 52 cards.

For 3 or 4 Players

Dealing The Cards

The dealer deals 17 cards to each player for 3 player game and 13 cards to each player for 4 player game.

The Gameplay

The gameplay is the same as mentioned above. When 2 or more players have the same ranked cards, it is War. In this situation, all players pick one card from their own piles and put it face-down in the center. Then, pick another card and put it face-up in the center. The one with the highest-ranked card wins all cards and so on.

Now, you know how to play War. Play and enjoy it!

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