III Kiss Count yields 85 to 90% of all that it's
possible to gain with some of the most complex count
systems that exist today. When using it, you can
go ahead and just initiate your running count at
all the same starting points as the Stage II Count
-- no adjustment is needed. You will still have
the betting advantage when your running count reaches
"20", but again, these counts will be
uncovered even a little more often. When practicing,
you'll find that counting down a single deck in
30 seconds will be an even greater challenge, but
it remains a staunch requirement.
Also. due to the improved structural precision and
therefore more frequent high counts. your betting
schedule will be slightly stretched out to keep
your overall bankroll risk the same. The chart on
the next page outlines a complete and realistic
guide for betting your chips with the Stage III
tournaments, players not only should not try to tip
after winning individual hands, they may not. Instead,
players who make the money do all the tipping. If
the casino has not withheld anything from the prize
pool for tips, a gratuity in the 3-4 percent range
is considered fair. (Note tips should come not merely
from the winner, but from all players who cash, although
many players who cash for relatively small amounts
wrongly feel it's okay to stiff the staff).
Tipping less than 3 percent is considered rather chintzy,
while tipping more than 4 percent is rather generous.
If in the wake of your long day you have trouble figuring
out what 1 percent of your win is and then multiplying
that number by three, the tournament staff will be
glad to provide a calculator.