It is nearly impossible to find single and double decks with anything but 6/5 or T & 11 and lousy penetration. Remember, the worse the rules/penetration, the larger must be your spread to beat the game. So by playing under uneviable conditions, you increase both the heat and bankroll risk factors.
My point is that the best EV is primarily found in shoe games; plus they are more conducive to a player's longevity-the biggest factors for a pro's profitable game assessment. And back-counting is not even a consideration.
I know all about simulations but simulations do not reflect real life experience. And of course I won't convince you otherwise.
I don't think there's a clear cut answer to the question, "Which is better, 6D or 2D?" What is clear, however, is that plenty of excellent 2D games exist in Las Vegas, and they often have better EVs and lower bankroll requirements than their 6D brethren. And you're right--2D generally does have more heat than 6D, but not to the point that it's unplayable.
8D has few advantages over 6D and is very hard to beat for any significant win rates without backcounting. Sorry for any digression from the poster's original question...the answer is a resounding, "Yes, there are still excellent 2D games in Las Vegas."
The double deck game at Maj. Star, unless it has changed in the last two months is miserable. It's S17; D10,11 only; No DAS; No Resplits; No Splitting of Aces; No Mid-Deck Entry and strict 50 to 55% pen. And Oh -- the players flock to it.
but it depends on your stakes. The games exist. I don't disagree with you that shoes are the way to go. Many recreational players will choose to play pitch games with lousy SCORES and lots of cover rather than the less exciting shoe games which require a more uncomfortable stragtegy.
I can name at least a half dozen places, but I won't, that allow 1-8 or even 1-10 spreads in black at their double deck and don't blink an eyelid. Most of the rest will not blink for a 2x50 to 2x200 to 2x25 type gambit spread in green. I know of no place that will backoff anyone for spreading 1-4 at double deck unless the player happens to be winning. (maybe some of the coast properties).
I did get a chance to play it a couple of times. I did win!, But not much, it was a real grind. Tho a 10$ min. is good and U can vary bets. Tho they r real slow at dealing it. Their only one table. The game is faster when they do deal tho. The rest of the low limit tables r 8-dks tho.
I will probaly go back too Resorts for their 6-dks and their good comps. I also like their food better. Tho Maj Star has a better view and walking area tho. also some history.