The KISS II Counting System

If you want to learn how to count cards and get an advantage in blackjack, the KISS II Counting System is one of the easiest ways to do so. KISS stands for ‘Keep It Short and Simple.’ As promised in the title, it is one of the easiest counting systems to learn.

It offers good insurance and betting correlations, and decent efficiency, making the system quite powerful. It is amongst the easiest systems to learn because it offers a level I (single level or level one) card counting system.

Working the decks

Players using the KISS II count in blackjack improve their chances as the number of decks begins to decrease. If you are playing with a single deck, it is going to work great. The suit awareness requirement is the only complicated part of this system. You need to remember that you count +1 when you see a black two and count 0 when you see a red two. It does not matter if you count the black or the red cards, provided that you remain consistent throughout the deck.

Card ValuePoints
20 or +1
3, 4, 5, 6+1
7, 8, 9, A0
10, J, Q, K-1

The KISS II Counting System is an unbalanced count system. This means it is a little more convenient and a bit easier to learn. You do not have to do the conversions and calculations between the Running Count and True Count. To determine your starting count value, you will still need to do a quick calculation.

Normally you get your initial count by multiplying -2 with the number of decks in use. For example, if there are six decks, before any cards are dealt, you would have a starting count of -12. Once the count gets above zero, it is easier to decide when it would be wise to place your bets. At that point, the edge that someone playing with the KISS II Counting System has would be about 1 or 2 percent above the house edge.

Know when to bet what

Remember, when the count is low or negative, you should be lowering your wagers and betting the minimum (this is when the casino has an edge), alternatively, you should increase your bets when the count is high and positive.