Fantasy Vs. Reality
Now I see you calculated that a full-time player could make $200,000 based on playing 40 hours per week. But full-time pros can only play around 10 hours per week. Therefore, at the levels you used (appropriate for FLASH), a full-time player could make $50K, but a part-time player could not make $46.5K.
I am not that knowledgable about high stakes
After you wear out your welcome in Vegas, you can get backed off in Mississippi, or the few casinos in Puerto Rico or St. Louis. Then you are reduced to playing crummy games in The Bahamas, Atlantic City, or Connecticut. Or perhaps you can try low-limit riverboats in the Midwest, isolated Indian reservations, or Washington State. But your action will stand out and you won't last long. You will make long expensive trips and last only a few hours. That's why full-time pros spend most of their time traveling and scouting.
I've seen some criticism of Flash's technical knowledge before, but I don't recall his integrity being an issue.
Yes, I'm shocked and disappointed by his revision of history and sudden silence. Integrity becomes an issue specifically because he gives advice based on his supposed success. In addition to losing money, he has posted about back-off problems.
Why are you going after Flash so vigorously?
After no response to a discreet e-mail, I posted a simple question. In response I have gotten attacked. That isn't vigorous.
I live vicariously through others on GC.
Thank you for your honesty; it explains a lot. Many BJ21 posters are like that. They like to gamble and want to believe they can win. Deep down they know they can't, so they limit their action. They still love to post and read about "beating the system".
This creates a reinforcing social community with distorted views and consequent lack of success. For example, I have seen posts about refusing comps and "not playing where you stay". Because they misunderstand, they pay $200 in daily expenses to earn $100-$300 in daily EV. These players have no legitimate hope of covering travel expenses, and blackjack is just a cheap hobby. I explained how to cut expenses to almost nothing while only slightly reducing blackjack play. But they get hostile, because taking my profitable advice is essentially admitting that they are not yet winning players.
Think about these daily vacation options:
A) Spend 8 hours at blackjack for $300 in risky EV and pay $200 in expenses.
B) Spend 4 hours per day at blackjack for $240 in EV and minimal expenses.
C) Spend 3 hours per day at blackjack and 1 hour at "other" for $200 in EV, get $400 in comps with minimal expenses.
I choose option (C). It makes more than option (A), and makes my wife much happier than option (B).