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Last Updated: December 31, 2022

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Card Matchup

Introduction

Card Matchup is a simple variant of Casino War. It is played at Internet casinos using the On Air Entertainment live dealer studio.

Rules

  1. Eight ordinary decks are used.
  2. Card ranked according to their poker value except aces are always HIGH.
  3. The dealer will deal one card each to the Home and Away sides.
  4. Bets on the winning side pay even money. Ties lose half.
  5. Bets on a tie pay 11 to 1.
  6. The following four side bets are available on each side. All wins pay even money. Note there are no ties and a 8 causes all side bets to lose.
    • Low — Wins on 2 to 7
    • High — Wins on 9 to A
    • Odd — Wins on 3, 5, 7, 9, J, K
    • Even — Wins on 2, 4, 6, 10, Q, A

Analysis

The following table shows my analysis of the Home and Away bets. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 3.73%.

Home/Away Analysis

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Win 1 79,872 0.462651 0.462651
Tie -0.5 12,896 0.074699 -0.037349
Lose -1 79,872 0.462651 -0.462651
Total   172,640 1.000000 -0.037349

The following table shows my analysis of the Tie bet. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 10.36%.

Tie Analysis

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Win 11 6,448 0.074699 0.821687
Lose -1 79,872 0.925301 -0.925301
Total   86,320 1.000000 -0.103614

The following table shows my analysis of the High, Low, Odd and Even bets. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 7.69%.

High, Low, Odd, Even Analysis

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Win 1 192 0.461538 0.461538
Lose -1 224 0.538462 -0.538462
Total   416 1.000000 -0.076923

Internal Links

Playtech offers a very similar game called Football Card Showdown.

External Links

Live Casino Comparer — Video by Neil demonstrating Card Matchup.


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