The Sahara has $1.00 BJ tables. Shoe. 6:5. Here is a live opportunity to practice counting, practice not counting, playing decisions, deck estimation, timing, interacting with other people, and more..for cheap.
Your missing the point. It's about practicing for almost free. Many players need live practice and can't get it. Especially for new players that practice on the kitchen table or Pros working on something. Here is an opportunity for cheap practice with small investment.
Advantage Players do not support 6:5. 6:5 games support Advantage Players. Would you not jump in at a high running count? Son, your giving away money here if you don't.
We all know that 6:5 is a bad game and it is. But that does not mean that you shouldn't play it. There are players out there beating that game all the time. You can take away some of that disadvantage on SD with just a simple procedure. Go figure.
Let's face it...the rules have changed. Those ungracious bums running the games aren't going to take them out. If you don't play it you will not be missed. The tables are crowded with a new generation of players that play 6:5 and think that's the way it is. They don't know when SD S17 DAS LS and dealing down to the last card was.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with playing 6:5 games if you've found a way to have a long term edge over the game.
However, I would not advocate ever playing a 6:5 game for -EV, even if it's for training or recreational purposes. Either spend more time at the kitchen table, or play $5 double-deck as another poster suggests. There are better ways to get "training" than supporting a shortpay game which should not exist.