Why the low limits for 6:5 SD?

I had dinner at the Monte Carlo last night. I noticed the highest-edged BJ game they had going there, if you could call it BJ, was SD 21. You could bet a max of $500 on that game. However, they had some 6-deck shoes with some pretty good rules, surrender, DAS, RSA, where you could bet $3000. They also did not allow you to take even money on the SD 21 game? Why?

Is this a case of casinos being paranoid, or do they have a legitimate reason to fear someone betting more than $500 on this game? Do they really think counters flock to SD 21? Or is this reverse psychology? Making the gambler think they are really frightened of this game, that's the reason for the low limits.
Even money on 6:5

The reason you can't take 'even money' on a 6:5 BJ game is that on that kind of table insurance doesn't work out that way when the player has a blackjack. If the dealer has BJ, then you do end up winning 1:1 on your original bet, (push on the BJ, pays 2:1 on your insurance bet.) But if the dealer doesn't have BJ, you lose your insurance bet, but only get paid 6:5, (not 3:2) on your original bet. If you bet $10, you lose $5 and win $12, so you only win $7, not $10.

'Even money' IS insurance, it's not some new bet.



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to limit the spread

My guess is that they keep the table max down to limit the possible spread. I imagine the game is beatable with some monster spread ($25-$1000, perhaps). I assume the house has decided that it's easier to keep a low table limit than to hire competent PCs to police the games (they probably put entry-level PCs on these games and put more competent staff on the high limit games).