Originally Posted by chichow
How can you be so absolute in what you say without knowing bet ramps or wonging or even what is considered a unit (ref. previous poll and discussion about what is a unit)?
Regardless whether or not we say is 20k or 50k, if you take a quick 3 minute look at the OP's posts (there aren't that many), you'll see that its highly unlikely that the OP has either a 20k or 50k bankroll for $25 min, much less the $50 - $100 min games that he/she thinks he/she can play.
The required bankroll for any game depends on what type of game this is (Not just the rules, but the spread and most importantly the cut cut cut cut cut!!!!!!). Cut card position vastly effects EV and also Variance (The deeper the the cut the higher the variance however, for bankroll considerations, as the cut card gets deeper the EV grows much faster per additional card cut in play then the variance does, hence for better cut games, you can actually have a higher session bankroll but a lower total bankroll because the SCORE is higher)
Also you must take into account the speed of the game. In pitch games dealt face down you can probably get 100 rounds an hour at most heads up. However in shoe games, because the cards are dealt face up and players cannot touch cards, action is much faster and you might be able to get 200+ rounds per hour head up.
To give you an idea of what type of bankroll is required to for this game (Which I believe should be 2D S17+DAS), using Hi-Lo and I18, spreading 1-6, and playing only 1 hand at all times (If you play two hands, then you must also take into account that the result of the two hands are correlated and thus there is a covariance), if they deal 1.5/2 (a fantastic game that is available in the US, but maybe not in LV) BJ Attack gives:
µ=2.66 per 100 & σ=29.16
For an RoR of 1% that means your BR = 734 units
For an RoR of 5% that means your BR = 478 units.
For any higher of an RoR, I would suggest that your bankroll be replenishable, otherwise the chance that you will lose say 50% of your bankroll and have to reduce your unit size will be quite large. This can effect the psyche of a player in a profound way making these numbers worthless if the player is not disciplined.
So for $25 unit size, a bankroll of at least 12k is require for this type of game. However, the conditions at these table will not be optimal (You probably wont be able to get heads up action). When playing with other players, the rounds per hour go down and furthermore, the EV will go down because in advantageous situations, the other players will be eating 10's and aces whereas in heads up situations you will get a higher proportion of advantage hands per 100.
My recommendation is that at non-peak hours, you should be able to find empty $50 min tables. A BR of about 40k would make this game vary profitable, with about $133 / hour. Your return on investment for 1 month play (Say 100 hours) is about 33%. The chance that you will be even or up at one months play is about 82%. When considering the profitability of owning certain stocks or business, nothing comes even close to that (except maybe selling drugs LOL). Not bad!!