all the residue settles from estimating the discard
tray and rounding off your multiplication or division.
Low running counts on the other hand require quite
a bit more memory work. That's because unbalanced
count systems are calibrated in the direction of
rising counts. At low counts, the link between the
running count and the true count pretty much dissolves.
This is not a serious shortcoming however, because
at low running counts you'll either have your minimum
bet up -- or will have already walked from the table.
Still, if want to play your hands with more expertise
when the count is poor, there is a way to do it.
Take a look at the two hands below:
Let's say you're playing the Stage III Kiss Count,
and on your first hand off the top of a six deck
shoe you're dealt hand "A". Your index
chart says to stand with 16 against a 10 if your
count is "15" or higher. Having started
off at "9", you now have a running count
of "8" so you hit. No problem.
But what if you had hand "B" instead?
This time your running count would be "10",
again dictating that you hit. But we already know
from earlier in this website that off the top with
these cards, you should stand. There's the problem!
Once again, that index number of "15"
merely serves as an all around compromise. In fact,
if you were 41/2 decks into that six deck shoe,
it would actually be best to hit all the way through
"18"! So what's the answer? Technically
speaking, you should play that hand like this:
Now you'd actually be playing the hand in "true
count mode". That's because you're supposed
to stand with any kind of 16 against a 10 if the
count is the least bit higher than normal. And because
your system is unbalanced, it will normally rise
two points with each deck that's dealt.
All your hands that have "low count" index
numbers need to be played in true count mode if
you really want to get them right. That's what the
following table is for. It begins with the four
"low count" hands from the Kiss index
charts. And as long as we're going to all this trouble,
it also includes four more hands you'll now be able
to play very accurately.